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
Pathways to Stop Diabetes American Diabetes Association Research Foundation Monday, March 18, 2019 - 4:00pm Jul 01, 2019
NIH PAR-17-221 Enhancing Science, Technology, EnginEering, and Math Educational Diversity (ESTEEMED) Research Education Experiences (R25) NIH Monday, March 25, 2019 - 4:00pm May 24, 2019
HRSA-19-053 - Networks for Oral Health Integration within the Maternal and Child Health Safety Net HRSA Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 4:00pm Apr 29, 2019
USDA-NIFA-SLBCD-006729 Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) Sustainable Community Projects USDA NIFA Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 4:00pm Apr 22, 2019
Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences Pew Trusts Friday, April 12, 2019 - 4:00pm Oct 17, 2019

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) USDA NIFA - 1890 Institution Teaching, Research and Extension Capacity Building Grants (CBG) Program

CBG advances food, agriculture, natural resources and human...

Apr 18, 2019 Penn State not eligible.
(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 17-527 (S-STEM) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Individual Award Amounts: Awards for Track...
Feb 01, 2019 Mar 27, 2019 Peeples, Tanya (ENG, Chemical Engineering) Jenkins, Gregory (EMS, Meteorology) Morales, Aldo (Harrisburg, Electrical Engineering) 2/15/18
(CLOSED) Packard Fellowships for Science & Engineering

The Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering program invests in future leaders who have the freedom to...

Feb 18, 2019 Apr 19, 2019 Huang, Shengxi (Electrical Eng., Engineering) and Zarzar, Lauren (Chemistry, ECoS) 3/7/19
(CLOSED) NIH-RFA-OD-19-001 Botanical Dietary Supplements Research Centers (BDSRC) (U19 Clinical Trial Optional)

This funding opportunity...

Feb 21, 2019 Apr 15, 2019 Lu, Junxuan (Pharmacology, COM) 2/21/19
(CLOSED) NIH Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) Grant Program (S10 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) PAR-19-178
  • Awards Details: ...
Feb 28, 2019 May 31, 2019 No applicants
(CLOSED) NIH 18-003 - (EHSCC) Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (P30 Clinical Trial Optional)
  • Awards Details: Application budgets...
Mar 08, 2019 Apr 17, 2019 No applicants
(CLOSED) NIH 17-340 Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1) (Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • Awards Details: ...
Mar 11, 2019 Apr 07, 2019 May 07, 2019 Zhang, Sulin (Engineering Science & Mechanics, College of Eng.) 3/22/19
(CLOSED) NSF 19-546 Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Computing in Undergraduate Education (IUSE: CUE)

Increasingly, undergraduate computer science (CS) programs...

Mar 15, 2019 May 09, 2019 No applicants
(CLOSED) NSF 19-552 ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions - Adaptation, Partnership, and Catalyst

ADVANCE Solicitation...

Mar 15, 2019 May 15, 2019 May 22, 2019 Pritchett, Amy (Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering) 3/22/19