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
MacArthur Foundation 100&Change MacArthur Foundation Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 4:00pm Aug 01, 2019
William T. Grant Scholars Program William T. Grant Scholars Program Monday, May 20, 2019 - 4:00pm Jul 02, 2019
DE-FOA-0001980: Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Advanced Manufacturing Office Multi-Topic DOE EERE Monday, May 20, 2019 - 4:00pm Aug 29, 2019
NEA Artworks NEA Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 4:00pm Jul 11, 2019
W.M. Keck Foundation: Science & Engineering/Medical Research Program Keck Foundation Monday, June 17, 2019 - 4:00pm Nov 01, 2019
Searle Scholars Program Searle Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 4:00pm Sep 27, 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) NSF 19-578 Physics Frontiers Centers (PFC)

The Physics Frontiers Centers (PFC) program supports university-based centers and institutes where the collective...

Aug 01, 2019 Aug 01, 2019 Mostafa, Miguel (Physics, ECoS) 5/17/19
(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) 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 Deighton, Nigel (Huck Institute, Life Sciences) 4/11/2019 Arnold, Amy (Hershey Medical Center) 4/23/19
(CLOSED) Pathways to Stop Diabetes

Award Details: Pathway awards provide up to $1.625 million per award in combined salary and project support....

Mar 18, 2019 Jul 01, 2019 Stuckey, Heather (Division of General Internal Medicine, College of Medicine) 3/25/19
(CLOSED) NIH PAR-17-221 Enhancing Science, Technology, EnginEering, and Math Educational Diversity (ESTEEMED) Research Education Experiences (R25)

The NIH Research...

Mar 25, 2019 May 24, 2019 Mack, Issac (Plant Science, College of Ag.) 3/28/19
(CLOSED) DE‐FOA‐0001960 DOE EERE Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute: Cybersecurity in Energy Efficient Manufacturing

he Office of Energy Efficiency and...

Apr 08, 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Liu, Peng (IST) 5/8/19
(CLOSED) DOE-FOA-0002083 DOE EERE Subsurface Stress and Lost Circulation in Geothermal Drilling

Background and Purpose:

The Geothermal...

Apr 10, 2019 Jun 07, 2019 Topic 1 - Derek Elsworth (EME, EMS) and Topic 2 - Amin Mehrabian (EME, EMS) 4/15/19
(CLOSED) Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

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

Apr 12, 2019 Jun 14, 2019 Oct 17, 2019 Graziane, Nicholas (COM, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine) 5/7/19
(CLOSED) DE-FOA-0002080 DOE EERE Water Power Technologies Office 2019

Webinar: An informational webinar will be held on...

Apr 15, 2019 Jul 09, 2019 No applicants
(CLOSED) NIH PAR-17-096 Jointly Sponsored Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (T32)
Apr 19, 2019 Apr 25, 2019 May 25, 2019 No applicants
(CLOSED) NSF 19-558 Faculty Development in the Space Sciences

The Geospace Section of the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences is pleased to offer awards for...

Apr 22, 2019 May 24, 2019 Bilen, Sven (Eng Design, Electrical Engineering, & Aerospace Engineering) & Schwartz, Justin (Dean, College of Eng.)
(CLOSED) HRSA 19-094 - Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies Program

This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Health...

Apr 22, 2019 May 24, 2019 No applicants
(CLOSED) NIH - RFA-DK-19-003 - Cystic Fibrosis Research and Translation Centers (P30 Clinical Trial Optional)

Awards Details:

Application budgets are limited to...

May 01, 2019 Jun 18, 2019 Jul 18, 2019 No applicants
(CLOSED) Brain Research Foundation: 2020 Scientific Innovations Award

Brain Research Foundation (BRF) Annual Scientific Innovations Award supports innovative discovery...

May 14, 2019 Jun 25, 2019 Sep 24, 2019 No applicants
(CLOSED) NIH 19-072 Data Science Research: Personal Health Libraries for Consumers and Patients

The National Library of Medicine seeks applications for novel...

May 17, 2019 Jun 28, 2019 Jul 31, 2019 No applicants
(CLOSED) BJA-2019-16252 - STOP School Violence Training and Technical Assistance Program

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of...

May 17, 2019 Jun 18, 2019 No applicants
(CLOSED) USDA-NIFA-OP-006741 - National Food and Agricultural Sciences Teaching, Extension, and Research Awards (TERA)

The purpose of TERA award is to recognize and...

May 17, 2019 Jun 14, 2019 No applicants
(CLOSED) HRSA-19-108 Rural Communities Opioid Response Program Rural Centers of Excellence on Substance Use Disorders

This notice announces the...

May 17, 2019 Jun 10, 2019 No applicants
(CLOSED) The Conservation, Food & Health Foundation Grant

Overview: The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation seeks to...

May 20, 2019 Jul 01, 2019 Currently in downselect.

Foundation/Private Organization Downselects:

OVPR Downselect Deadline Agency LOI Deadline Agency Final Deadline
Pew Trusts
(CLOSED) Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

The Pew Scholars Program supports assistant...

Apr 12, 2019 Jun 14, 2019 Oct 17, 2019