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
Beckman Foundation: Chemical & Life Sciences Young Investigator Grant Beckman Foundation Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 4:00pm Aug 06, 2018
WT Grant Institutional Challenge WT Grant Foundation Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 4:00pm Sep 07, 2018
NSF 17-575 Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science Supplements and Sites NSF Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 4:00pm Sep 19, 2018
RFA-RM-18-010 Director's Early Independence Award (DP5 - Clinical Trial Optional) NIH Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 4:00pm Sep 27, 2018
NSF 17-585: Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program NSF Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 4:00pm Sep 27, 2018
Searle Scholars Program Searle Scholars Program Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 11:59am Sep 28, 2018
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: New Directions Fellowships Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 4:00pm Oct 05, 2018
Simons Investigators in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems (MMLS) Simons Foundation Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 4:00pm Oct 31, 2018
Simons Foundation Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science Simons Foundation Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 4:00pm Oct 31, 2018
NSF 17-573: Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) NSF Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 4:00pm Nov 07, 2018
2018/19 NSF - Major Research Instrumentation Program NSF Jul 31, 2018 Monday, August 27, 2018 - 4:00pm Jan 22, 2019
2019 Dreyfus Foundation: Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Dreyfus Foundation Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 4:00pm Feb 07, 2019

Currently in Downselect

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) DE‐FOA‐0001837 DOE EERE Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology Advancement and Data Dissemination

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)...

May 23, 2018 Jul 17, 2018 No applicants
(CLOSED) Strada Education Network Innovative Solutions in Education-to-Employment

Strada Education Network is seeking collaborative grantees to propose initiatives that...

Jul 09, 2018 Jul 23, 2018 Alger, Monty (Director of the Institute for Natural Gas & Civil Engineering) 7/13/18
(CLOSED) USDA NIFA - (CYFAR) Children, Youth and Families at Risk Professional Development and Technical Assistance Program

CYFAR marshals the resources of the Land-...

Jul 09, 2018 Jul 27, 2018 No applicants
(CLOSED) NASA Research Announcement (NRA): Space Technology – Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2018 (SpaceTech–REDDI–2018), APPENDIX NUMBER: 80HQTR18NOA01-... Jun 22, 2018 Jul 30, 2018 Micci, Michael (Aerospace Engineering), Topic 1 6/22/18
(CLOSED) EPA-HQ-OPP-2018-001 National Pesticide Information Center

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting applications from eligible organizations...

Jun 18, 2018 Jul 30, 2018 No applicants
2019/2020 Tobacco CURE Nonformula Opioid Abuse

2019/2020 Tobacco CURE Nonformula Opioid Abuse Whitepaper Notice of Intent (NOI)


Jun 27, 2018 Jul 31, 2018
(CLOSED) Mallinckrodt Foundation: Biomedical Early-stage Investigator Grants

The mission of the Foundation is to support early stage investigators engaged in basic...

Jul 01, 2018 Aug 01, 2018 Lian, Xiaojun (Biomedical Engineering) 7/13/18

NEA will host an "Our Town: How to Apply" webinar on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. EST. To register...

Jun 27, 2018 Aug 09, 2018 No applicants
(CLOSED) NEH Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants - 20180809-CHA

The mission of this Challenge Grants program is to strengthen the institutional base of...

Jul 06, 2018 Aug 09, 2018 No applicants
(CLOSED) NIOSH PAR-15-303 Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Centers (42)

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers...

Jun 13, 2018 Oct 11, 2018 No applicants
W.M. Keck Foundation: Science & Engineering/Medical Research Program

Workshop Information: The CFR and Limited Submissions offices will...

Jun 01, 2018 Nov 01, 2018
2018/19 NSF Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships

Although there is currently NO active solicitation for the NSF- ...

Jul 20, 2018 Dec 21, 2018