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
NSF 21-556 Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Coordination Ecosystem: Services & Support - Coordination Office (ACCESS-ACO) NSF Monday, May 17, 2021 - 4:00pm Jun 16, 2021
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends (20200923-FT) National Endowment for the Humanities Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 4:00pm Sep 22, 2021
NSF 21-555 - Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Coordination Ecosystem: Services & Support (ACCESS) NSF Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 4:00pm Jun 16, 2021
NSF 21-536 National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program NSF Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 4:00pm Sep 06, 2021
NSF 20-554 ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions (ADVANCE) NSF Sunday, May 30, 2021 - 4:00pm Aug 02, 2021
Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) Challenge – Year 3 Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - 4:00pm Jul 15, 2021
W.M. Keck Foundation: Science & Engineering/Medical Research - Fall 2021 W.M. Keck Foundation Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 4:00pm Nov 01, 2021

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) Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Current and Emerging Threats to Crops

he Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Current and Emerging Threats to Crops (Current...

May 11, 2021 No Applicants
(CLOSED) VentureWell Sustainable Design Faculty Grants (Spring 2021)

VentureWell awards up to $30,000 grants (with a duration of three years) to colleges and...

May 19, 2021
(CLOSED) NIH PAR 20-103 Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1) (Clinical Trial Optional) May 202

Many research questions in biomedical science can...

May 27, 2021 No Applicants
(CLOSED) National Endowment for the Humanities American Rescue Plan: Humanities Organizations

Penn State is limited to a single application to this program....

May 14, 2021 Martha Ney (Penn State Press)
(CLOSED) Henry Luce Foundation: Advancing Public Knowledge on Race, Justice, and Religion in America

The Henry Luce Foundation’s Theology Program invites new inquiries...

Jan 07, 2021 Feb 15, 2021 Jun 15, 2021 No Applicants
(CLOSED) Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF) Grants

The Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation identifies and invests in leading edge research that demonstrates...

Feb 11, 2021 Mar 01, 2021 May 31, 2021 No Applicants
(CLOSED) Chemical Upcycling of Polymers (DE-FOA-0002462)

The DOE SC program in Basic Energy Sciences (BES) announces its interest in receiving applications on behalf of...

Mar 01, 2021 Mar 10, 2021 May 12, 2021 Samy Madbouly (PS Behrend); Robert Hickey (E&MS); Bert Chandler (CoE)
(CLOSED) NIH-PAR-20-223 Enhancing Science, Technology, EnginEering, and Math Educational Diversity (ESTEEMED) Research Education Experiences (R25)

he NIH Research...

Mar 25, 2021 May 24, 2021 Jun 24, 2021 Keefe Manning (CoE, Schreyer)
(CLOSED) DOE Integrated Computational and Data Infrastructure (ICDI) for Scientific Discovery (DE-FOA-0002482)

The DOE SC program in Advanced Scientific Computing...

Mar 29, 2021 Apr 02, 2021 May 14, 2021 Darren Pagan (E&MS); Zi-Kui Liu (E&MS); Jingjing Li (CoE)
(CLOSED) DOE Entanglement Management and Control in Transparent Optical Quantum Networks (DE-FOA-0002476)

The DOE SC program in Advanced Scientific Computing Research (...

Mar 30, 2021 Apr 05, 2021 May 17, 2021 No Applicants
(CLOSED) Critical Minerals & Materials: Chemical and Materials Sciences Research on Rare Earth and Platinum Group Elements (DE-FOA-0002483)

The DOE SC program in...

Apr 02, 2021 Apr 12, 2021 Jun 09, 2021 Athanasios Karamalidis (E&MS); Andrew Smye (E&MS)
(CLOSED) U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Research and Development Grant, Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 (31310021K0002)

The program (formerly the Integrated University...

Apr 05, 2021 May 14, 2021 William Walters (CoE); Clifford Lissenden (CoE)
(CLOSED) EXPRESS: Randomized Algorithms for Extreme Scale Science (DE-FOA-0002497)

The DOE SC program in Advanced Scientific Computing...

Apr 07, 2021 Apr 16, 2021 May 19, 2021 Kamesh Madduri (CoE)
(CLOSED) Data-Intensive Scientific Machine Learning and Analysis (DE-FOA-0002493)

The DOE SC program in Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) hereby announces...

Apr 12, 2021 Apr 23, 2021 May 27, 2021 John Harlim (ECoS); Parisa Shokouhi (CoE)
(CLOSED) 2022 Pew-Stewart Scholars Program for Cancer Research

The Penn State Cancer Institute has been invited by the Pew Charitable Trusts to nominate a candidate for...

Apr 15, 2021 Sep 09, 2021 No Applicants
(CLOSED) 2022 Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

The Pew Biomedical Scholars Program supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science...

Apr 15, 2021 Sep 01, 2021
(CLOSED )Data Reduction for Science (DE-FOA-0002501)


The DOE SC program in Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) hereby...

Apr 27, 2021 May 06, 2021 Jun 04, 2021 Mahmut Kandemir (CoE);
(CLOSED) Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Programs 2021-22

The Whiting Foundation invites selected schools, scholarly societies, and other humanities institutions to...

Apr 28, 2021 Jun 01, 2021 James Casey (Liberal Arts)
(CLOSED) William T. Grant Scholars Program 2021

One applicant may be nominated from each college/campus. If there are multiple applicants from a single college the...

May 04, 2021 Jun 19, 2021 Gabriela Richard (Education)
(CLOSED) Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Creating Equitable Pathways to STEM Graduate Education

The DEI in STEM Higher Education Program at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is...

May 04, 2021 Jun 01, 2021