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: 2019 Fay/Frank Seed Grant Brain Research Foundation Friday, November 16, 2018 - 4:00pm Jan 08, 2019
ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards ORAU Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 4:00pm Jan 09, 2019
NSF 19-506 Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) NSF Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 4:00pm Jan 17, 2019
2019 Dreyfus Foundation: Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Dreyfus Foundation Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 4:00pm Feb 07, 2019
NSF 19-513 IUSE / Professional Formation of Engineers: Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (IUSE/PFE: RED) NSF Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 4:00pm Jan 24, 2019
NSF 19-518 Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR): Data Science Corps (DSC) NSF Monday, December 10, 2018 - 4:00pm Feb 04, 2019
NSF 18-532 Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) NSF Friday, December 14, 2018 - 4:00pm Feb 22, 2019
Commonwealth Campuses Research Collaboration Development Program Phase 1 Concept Paper OVPR, Provost’s Office, Office of the VP for Commonwealth Campuses (OVPCC), College of Med., College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, College of Engineering, Eberly College of Science, and College of Health and Human Dev. Friday, March 1, 2019 - 11:59pm Mar 01, 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) 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 Grozinger, Christina (Ag. Sciences, Entomology), Sathyaprakash, Bangalore (ECoS, Physics & Physics & Astronomy), Medina, Monica (ECoS, Biology) 8/21/18
NSF 18-513 - Major Research Instrumentation Program

The Penn State Limited Submission Program manages the response to research funding opportunities for which a limited...

Aug 27, 2018 Jan 22, 2019
(CLOSED) Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR): Seeking teams to design, deploy, and operate advanced wireless research platforms.

The PAWR program aims to...

Sep 04, 2018 Sep 28, 2018 Dec 11, 2018 Huff, Gregory (Electrical Engineering) 9/4/18
(CLOSED) Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics

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

Sep 07, 2018 Oct 01, 2018 Jan 11, 2019 No applicants
(CLOSED) NSF 18-583 Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience (IUSE: GEOPATHS)

A well-prepared, innovative science,...

Sep 07, 2018 Sep 21, 2018 Nov 19, 2018 Klippel, Alexander (EMS, Geography) 9/21/18
(CLOSED) ORAU Travel Grant

ORAU Travel Grants

The ORAU Travel Grants Program provides up to $800 to fund faculty or staff members of ORAU...

Sep 17, 2018 Sep 30, 2019 Grant no longer offered through ORAU
(CLOSED) NSF 18-507 Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

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

Sep 27, 2018 Nov 26, 2018 Feb 06, 2019 Hockett, Kevin (Ag. Sciences, Plant Pathology), Messner, John (Engineering, Architectural Engineering) 10/4/18
(CLOSED) NSF 17-581: CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) - Institutional Infrastructure (II) Track

NSF Revision Note: In previous years, this opportunity was not...

Oct 03, 2018 Nov 07, 2018 Jan 10, 2019 Song, Linhai (IST), Morgan, Eugene (EMS, Energy & Mineral Engineering) 10/4/18
(CLOSED) Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists in Chemistry, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Life Sciences

Now entering its sixth year, the Blavatnik...

Oct 05, 2018 Nov 14, 2018 Chemistry - Boal, Amie (ECoS, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology) Life Sciences - Boni, Maciej (ECoS, Biology) Physical Sciences & Engineering - Sriperumbudur, Bharath (ECoS, Statistics) 10/13/18
(CLOSED) NIH Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) (R25)

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission...

Nov 07, 2018 Jan 24, 2019 Fishbein, Diana (HDFS, HHD) 11/7/18
(CLOSED) NSF 19-510 Enabling Access to Cloud Computing Resources for CISE Research and Education (Cloud Access)

Increasingly, data- and compute-intensive research and...

Nov 08, 2018 Dec 20, 2018 Feb 19, 2019 No applicants
(CLOSED) NSF 16-594 ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE) - Partnerships


Nov 09, 2018 Jan 09, 2019 Pritchard, Amy (Aerospace Engineering, Engineering) 11/9/18