Limited Submissions


The Penn State Limited Submission Program manages the response to research funding opportunities for which a limited number of submissions are permitted from Penn State.

The Vice President for Research (VPR), in close communication with the college research deans and interdisciplinary consortia directors, is charged with implementing the Penn State Limited Submission Procedure.

Please contact should you have any questions.

Currently Accepting Notices of Intent/Proposals

If you would like to be considered as a Penn State institutional applicant for one of these opportunities, please submit a Proposal or Notice of Intent. Depending on the level of interest, a downselect competition may be held.

Funding Agency OVPR NOI Deadline OVPR Downselect Deadline Agency Final Deadline
Brain Research Foundation: 2020 Fay/Frank Seed Grant Brain Research Foundation Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 4:00pm Mar 25, 2020
ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards ORAU Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 4:00pm Jan 28, 2020
The Conservation, Food & Health Foundation Grant The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 4:00pm Jan 01, 2020
2020 Dreyfus Foundation: Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 4:00pm Feb 06, 2020
NSF 19-609 Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2) NSF Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 4:00pm Feb 20, 2020
W.M. Keck Foundation: Science & Engineering/Medical Research Program W.M. Keck Foundation Friday, December 6, 2019 - 4:00pm Feb 15, 2020

Currently in Downselect/Closed

Penn State may only submit a specific number of proposals to these funding opportunities. The number of NOIs received require that an internal competition take place, thus, a downselect process has commenced. No Penn State researchers may apply to any opportunity listed on this page outside of this downselect process.

All current downselect applications are provided in the InfoReady system, at You may also click on the titles below to apply for limited submission awards that are currently in downselect. (This link opens in a new window; Penn State WebAccess log in required to see application.)

Current Downselects:

OVPR Downselect Deadline Agency LOI Deadline Agency Final Deadline Notes
(CLOSED) NSF 19-522 Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and...

Dec 06, 2019 Feb 06, 2020 Currently in downselect.
(CLOSED) Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics

The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award to enable junior faculty...

Aug 05, 2019 Sep 23, 2019 Jan 08, 2020 No applicants
(CLOSED) NSF 19-586 Critical-Zone Collaborative Network Notice of Intent

NSF will lead two webinars on the following dates:


Aug 16, 2019 Dec 02, 2019 LOI - no results
(CLOSED) 2019/20 NSF 18-513 - Major Research Instrumentation Program

The maximum is three proposals, but is now based on the dollar value of the amount requested from...

Aug 26, 2019 Jul 31, 2019 Jan 19, 2020 Track 1: Doug Cowen (Physics, ECoS) & Tim Kane (Ele.Eng & MAS, COE & EMS) Track 2: Brian Foley (Mech. Eng, COE) 10/14/19
(CLOSED) 2020 Blavatnik National Awards

Now entering its sixth year, the Blavatnik National Awards recognize and celebrate America’s most innovative and promising...

Sep 20, 2019 Nov 13, 2019 Hall, Molly (Vet & Biomed Sci, College of Ag) & Gomez, Enrique (Chem Eng, COE) 10/11/19
NSF 19-586 CZO Critical-Zone Collaborative Network

NSF seeks proposals to establish an adaptive and responsive research network that supports investigations of the Earth...

Sep 30, 2019 Dec 02, 2019 Thematic Cluster: Lead: DiBiase, Roman (EMS, EESI), Collab: DiBiase, Roman (EMS, EESI), Duncan, Jonathan (Ag Sci), Coord HUB Lead: White, Timothy (EMS, EESI)
(CLOSED) 2020 New York Academy of Sciences (NYAC) Innovators in Science Award

Established on November 10, 2016, the Innovators in Science Award is administered by the...

Oct 10, 2019 Nov 22, 2019 No applicants
(CLOSED) Moore Inventor Fellows

Inspired by Gordon Moore’s passion for discovery, the competition seeks to identify outstanding early-stage inventors who harness science...

Oct 14, 2019 Dec 13, 2019 Currently in downselect.
(CLOSED) NSF 19-552 ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions - Adaptation and Partnership ... Oct 14, 2019 Jan 15, 2020 Atamturktur, Sez (Arch. Eng, College of Eng) 10/15/19
(CLOSED) Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program

The purpose of the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program aims to support the social sciences and humanities....

Oct 28, 2019 Nov 14, 2019 Junior Scholar - Sternfeld, Lior (History, Liberal Arts); Senior Scholar - Snyder, Christina (History, Liberal Arts) 11/6/19
(CLOSED) NIH PAR-19-072 Data Science Research: Personal Health Libraries for Consumers and Patients (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)

The National Library of Medicine seeks...

Nov 06, 2019 Dec 17, 2019 Jan 17, 2020 Huang, Sharon (IST) 11/6/19
(CLOSED) NSF 19-506 Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)

The Partnerships for Innovation (PFI...

Nov 07, 2019 Jan 08, 2020 Zarzar, Lauren (Chemistry, ECoS) 11/11/19