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 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
NSF 19-506 Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) - Research Partnerships Track NSF Oct 26, 2021 Jan 12, 2022
NIH ES-21-001 Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) NOI NIH Nov 04, 2021 Feb 24, 2022
Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program Carnegie Corporation of New York Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 4:00pm Nov 22, 2021
NSF 22-502 National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes: Accelerating Research, Transforming Society, and Growing the American Workforce NSF Friday, October 22, 2021 - 4:00pm May 13, 2022
Modern Equipment for Shared-use Biomedical Research Facilities: Advancing Research-Related Operations (R24 Clinical Trials Not Allowed) (PAR-21-326) NIH Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 4:00pm Dec 01, 2021
NSF 21-628 Centers for Innovation and Community Engagement in Solid Earth Geohazards NSF Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 4:00pm Mar 15, 2022
ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards Oak Ridge Associated Universities Tuesday, November 30, 2021 - 4:00pm Jan 07, 2022

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) NIH PAR 20-103 Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1) (Clinical Trial Optional) Jan. 2022

Many research questions in biomedical science...

Jan 27, 2022
(CLOSED) NSF 18-513 - Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) 2021/2022

The Office of the Senior Vice President for Research held an informational webinar...

Jan 19, 2022 University Park: Track 1: Jun Zhu (ECoS); Seong Kim (CoE); Track 2: Darren Pagan (E&MS); Penn State Behrend: Gregory Dillon; Gamini Mendis
(CLOSED) NSF National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes: Accelerating Research, Transforming Society, and Growing the American Workforce (NOI)


Dec 04, 2021
(CLOSED) W.M. Keck Foundation: Science & Engineering/Medical Research - Fall 2021

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

Jun 16, 2021 Nov 01, 2021 Raymond Schaak (ECoS)
(CLOSED) 2024 American National Election Studies Competition (ANES) (NSF 21-601)

The American National Election Studies (ANES) is a comprehensive longitudinal data...

Aug 18, 2021 Sep 20, 2021 Dec 10, 2021 No Applicants (First come, first serverd) contact
(CLOSED) Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics

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

Aug 23, 2021 Sep 20, 2021 Jan 10, 2022 No Applicants. This is now offered on a first come, first served basis, contact if interested
(CLOSED) DE-FOA-0002253 FY21 Advanced Manufacturing Office Multi-Topic FOA

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is being issued by the U.S. Department of Energy’s...

Aug 26, 2021 Sep 10, 2021 Nov 05, 2021 Topic Area 1c: Christopher Arges (CoE); Topic Area 2a: Jacqueline O'Connor (CoE); Topic Area 3a: Hongtao Sun (CoE)
(CLOSED) Simons Foundation Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science

Each institution may submit up to two nominations in each...

Sep 15, 2021 Oct 20, 2021
(CLOSED) Genome Research Experiences to Attract Talented Undergraduates into the Genomics Field to Enhance Diversity (GREAT) (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The NIH...

Sep 22, 2021 Dec 01, 2021 No Applicants. This is now offered on a first come, first served basis, contact if interested
(CLOSED) VentureWell Course & Program Grants (fall 2021)

Formerly the Venturewell Faculty Grants, the VentureWell Course & Program (C&P) Grants of up to $30,...

Sep 28, 2021 Nov 03, 2021 University Park: Carter Hunt (HHD); Maria Spencer (AgSci) Behrend: Samy Madbouly (PS Behrend)
(CLOSED) DE-FOA-0002517 Scientific Infrastructure Support for Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is for General...

Sep 30, 2021 Nov 11, 2021 Kenan Unlu (Research Reactor Upgrade; CoE);
(CLOSED) 2022 Blavatnik National Awards

The Blavatnik National Awards honor America’s most innovative and promising faculty-rank scientists and engineers. Every year,...

Oct 05, 2021 Nov 17, 2021
(CLOSED) Moore Inventor Fellows 2021-2022

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announces the seventh competition for Moore Inventor Fellows. The foundation seeks to...

Oct 13, 2021 Dec 13, 2021