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 Senior Vice President for Research (SVPR), 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 or if you would like to receive a weekly digest of open limited submission opportunities.

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 OSVPR NOI Deadline OSVPR Downselect Deadline Agency Final Deadline
Atmospheric System Research (ASR) (DE-FOA-0003194) DOE Biological and Environmental Research Thursday, November 30, 2023 - 4:00pm Feb 13, 2024
The Mary Kay Ash Foundation Innovative/Translational Cancer Research Grant Mary Kay Ash Foundation Monday, December 4, 2023 - 4:00pm Feb 01, 2024
Dreyfus Foundation: Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation Tuesday, December 5, 2023 - 4:00pm Feb 01, 2024
Critical Materials Accelerator (DE-FOA-0003155) U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Monday, December 11, 2023 - 4:00pm Mar 22, 2024
Humanities Research Centers on Artificial Intelligence (20240214-RAI) National Endowment for the Humanities Tuesday, December 12, 2023 - 4:00pm Feb 14, 2024
National Endowment for the Arts: Grants for Arts Projects Feb 2024 National Endowments for the Arts Thursday, January 4, 2024 - 4:00pm Feb 15, 2024
NSF 23-527 Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) 2024 NSF Tuesday, January 9, 2024 - 4:00pm Mar 28, 2024

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:

OSVPR Downselect Deadline Agency LOI Deadline Agency Final Deadline Notes
(CLOSED) Allen Discovery Center for Neurobiology in Changing Environments

Please Note: While the Allen Institute does not limit the number of applications from...

Sep 20, 2023 Jan 24, 2024 No Applicants
(CLOSED) NSF 23-538 Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) - Research Partnerships Track (January 2024)

An organization may not submit more than one (1) new or...

Jan 02, 2024 Dipanjan Pan (CoE)
(CLOSED) Predictive Intelligence for Pandemic Prevention Phase II (PIPP Phase II Centers Program)

Despite decades of research, scientists do not fully understand the...

Aug 25, 2023 Dec 08, 2023 Mauricio Terrones (ECoS)
(CLOSED) Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1) (Clinical Trial Optional) - January 2024 (NIH PAR-23-077)

Complex and challenging research questions...

Jan 26, 2024 Yong Wang (Eng); 1 slot available, contact if you intend to apply
(CLOSED) Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics 2023-2024

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

Aug 24, 2023 Sep 18, 2023 Jan 08, 2024 Sarah Brothers (CoLA)
(CLOSED) G. Harold and Leila Y. Mathers Charitable Foundation: Winter 2023/2024

The mission of The G. Harold and Leila Y. Mathers Foundation is to advance knowledge in the...

Sep 13, 2023 Nov 17, 2023 Mar 01, 2024 Scott Simon (CoM); Patrick Drew (Engr); Slots available now first come, first served. Contact if interested in applying.
(CLOSED) Strengthening the Cyberinfrastructure Professionals Ecosystem (SCIPE) (NSF 23-521)

The overarching goal of this solicitation is to democratize access to NSF’s...

Oct 03, 2023 Jan 18, 2024 Chad Hanna (ECoS)
(CLOSED) Moore Inventor Fellows 2023-2024

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is pleased to announce the ninth competition for the Moore Inventor Fellows program. The...

Oct 05, 2023 Nov 14, 2023 Dec 13, 2023 Linxiao Zhu (CoE); Ezra Clark (CoE)
(CLOSED) Innovative DEsigns for high-performAnce Low-cost HVDC Converters (IDEAL HVDC) (DE-FOA-0003141)

This FOA seeks to address the significant cost of HVDC systems for...

Oct 18, 2023 Nov 14, 2023 Feb 05, 2024 No Applicants, Now first come, first served - Contact if you wish to apply
(CLOSED) W.M. Keck Foundation: Science & Engineering/Medical Research - Spring 2024

Workshop Information: Foundation Relations and the Limited Submissions...

Nov 27, 2023 May 01, 2024 In Review
(CLOSED) ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards

Oak Ridge Associated Universities' (ORAU) commitment to enriching the research skills and professional growth...

Nov 28, 2023 Jan 08, 2024 In Review
(CLOSED) Mellon Foundation Higher Learning 2024 Call for Concepts

Through its Higher Learning grantmaking area, Mellon invites humanities-grounded ideas for research and...

Nov 20, 2024 Nov 30, 2023 Feb 15, 2024 Ted Toadvine (CoLA); Ann Holt (A&A); Belén Noroña (E&MS)