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 23-519 - Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI): Track 3 - Helium Conservation NSF Dec 08, 2023 Feb 21, 2023
The Mary Kay Foundation Innovative/Translational Cancer Research Grant Mary Kay Foundation Tuesday, November 29, 2022 - 4:00pm Feb 01, 2023
2023 Dreyfus Foundation: Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Dreyfus Foundation Wednesday, November 30, 2022 - 4:00pm Feb 01, 2023
University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics (UCAH) (TEES/JHTO-RPP-2022-002) UCAH Friday, December 9, 2022 - 4:00pm Jan 09, 2023
NSF 20-595 Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program NSF Thursday, January 5, 2023 - 4:00pm Mar 25, 2023

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) Programmatic Interventions to Increase Uptake of Influenza and COVID-19 Vaccination Among Students Attending Institutions of Higher Education (CDC RFA-IP-23-003)... Dec 14, 2022 Jan 14, 2023 Lijiang Shen (CoLA)
(CLOSED) NSF 18-513 - Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) 2022/2023

The 2021 the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research held an informational...

Jan 19, 2023 Darren Pagen (E&MS; Track 2); Slava Rotkin (CoE; Track 1); Seong Kim (CoE; Track 1); Kyeiwaa Asara-Yeboah (PS Behrend; Track 1); Samy Madbouly (PS Behrend; Track 1)
(CLOSED) NIH PAR 20-103 Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1) (Clinical Trial Optional) January 2023

Many research questions in biomedical science...

Jan 27, 2023 Kebin Hu (CoM)
(CLOSED) NSF 22-592 Physics Frontiers Centers (PFC)

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

Aug 01, 2022 Jan 27, 2023 Miguel Mostafa (ECOS); PSU is eligible to submit one additional proposal, contact if interested.
(CLOSED) PCORI - Partnering Research and Community Organizations for Novel Health Equity Research: Addressing Social and Clinical Determinants of Maternal Health -- Cycle 1 2023... Jan 23, 2023 Kristin Sznajder (CoM)
(CLOSED) NSF 19-506 Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) - Research Partnerships Track (January 2023)

An organization may not submit more than one (1) new or...

Nov 11, 2023 Amira Barhoumi Meddeb (MRI)
(CLOSED) Quantum Sensing Challenges for Transformational Advances in Quantum Systems (QuSeC-TAQS) (NSF 22-630)

Synopsis of Program:

The Quantum...

Oct 10, 2022 Dec 16, 2022 Apr 03, 2023 Zhiqiang Mao (ECoS); Morteza Kayyalha (CoE)
(CLOSED) Hearst Foundation Grants

The Hearst Foundations are national philanthropic resources for organizations working in the fields of culture, education, health and...

Oct 12, 2022 Dec 07, 2022
(CLOSED) G. Harold and Leila Y. Mathers Charitable Foundation: Winter 2022/2023

The mission of The G. Harold and Leila Y. Mathers Foundation is to advance knowledge in the...

Oct 26, 2022 Nov 30, 2023 Mar 28, 2023 Matthew Swulius (CoM)
(CLOSED) Strategically Focused Research Network (SFRN) on Biologic Pathways of Chronic Psychosocial Stressors on Cardiovascular Health

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the...

Nov 01, 2022 Nov 17, 2022 Jan 19, 2023 No Applicants, Now first come, first served - Contact if you wish to apply
(CLOSED) Education for American Civic Life

The Education for American Civic Life initiative supports efforts to prepare students to become informed and engaged...

Nov 08, 2022 Dec 01, 2022 Matt Johnson (Comm)
(CLOSED) Brain Research Foundation: 2023 Seed Grant Program

Brain Research Foundation (BRF) has invited Penn State to nominate one faculty member (Assistant...

Nov 09, 2022 Dec 23, 2022 Mar 28, 2023
(CLOSED) ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards

Oak Ridge Associated Universities' (ORAU) commitment to enriching the research skills and professional growth...

Nov 28, 2022 Jan 09, 2023
(CLOSED) W.M. Keck Foundation: Science & Engineering/Medical Research - Spring 2023

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

Nov 29, 2022 May 01, 2023
(CLOSED) NSF 22-527 Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) 2023

The NSF has withdrawn RFP NSF 22-527 and will be publishing a...

Jan 05, 2023 Feb 20, 2023