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
ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards Oak Ridge Associated Universities Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 4:00pm Jan 06, 2021
Agilent Early Career Professor Award 2021 Agilent Friday, December 4, 2020 - 4:00pm Feb 26, 2021
NSF 19-609 Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2) NSF Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 4:00pm Feb 22, 2021
American Honda Foundation American Honda Foundation Monday, December 14, 2020 - 4:00pm Feb 01, 2021
W.M. Keck Foundation: Science & Engineering/Medical Research - Spring 2021 W. M. Keck Foundation Monday, January 4, 2021 - 4:00pm Feb 15, 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) HRSA-21-089 Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for Professionals

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

Jan 21, 2021 No Applicants
(CLOSED) NSF 21-536 (replaces NSF 19-522) National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program 2021

Please note that NSF 19-522 was archived and replaced by...

Nov 25, 2020 Feb 06, 2021 Adriana Van Hell (CLA, Psychology), John Messner (CoE, Arch. Engineering)
(CLOSED) PAR-18-940 Clinical and Translational Science Award (U54 Clinical Trial Optional)


The purpose of this National Center for...

Dec 15, 2020
(CLOSED) NSF 18-513 - Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) 2020/21

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

Jan 19, 2021 Track I: Jun Zhu (ECoS), JP Allain (CoE); Fariborz Tavangarian (PS Harrisburg), Alicyn Rhoades (PS Erie), Samy Madbouly (PS Erie); Track II: Robert Rioux (CoE), Gregory Dillon (PS Erie)
(CLOSED) University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics: PROJECT CALL RWP/RPP NUMBERS: TEES/JHTO-RPP-2020-001 notice of intent

Office of the Undersecretary of Defense,...

Dec 14, 2020
(CLOSED) NIH PAR 20-103 Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1) (Clinical Trial Optional) Jan. 2021

Many research questions in biomedical science...

Dec 27, 2020 Jan 27, 2021 Keith Cheng (CoM)
(CLOSED) NSF 20-604 National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes: Accelerating Research, Transforming Society, and Growing the American Workforce


Dec 04, 2020 Vasant Honavar (IST), David Hughes (AgSci)
(CLOSED) NSF 20-569 Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) 2020

The NSF...

Jul 23, 2020 Oct 06, 2020 Jan 26, 2021 No Applicants
(CLOSED) Moore Inventor Fellows

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

Oct 12, 2020 Dec 14, 2020 Robert Hickey (E&MS)
(CLOSED) 2021 Dreyfus Foundation: Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards

The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of...

Nov 03, 2020 Feb 04, 2021 Xin Zhang (ECoS)
(CLOSED) NSF 20-516 LOI Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into the Earth, Ocean, Polar and Atmospheric & Geospace Sciences (IUSE:GEOPAths)... Nov 11, 2020 Nov 17, 2020 Jan 26, 2021 Gregory Jenkins (Earth and Mineral Sciences)
(CLOSED) Brain Research Foundation: 2021 Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program

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

Nov 12, 2020 Jan 05, 2021 Jan 05, 2021 Matthew Swulius (College of Medicine)
(CLOSED) DE-FOA-0002426 Department of Energy - OOS - BES Computational Chemical Sciences

The DOE SC program in Basic Energy Sciences (BES) hereby announces its interest...

Nov 17, 2020 Dec 02, 2020 Feb 08, 2021 Michael Janik & Adri Van Duin (COE)
(CLOSED) NIH PAR-20-240 NIH Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The NIH Research...

Nov 23, 2020 Dec 25, 2020 Jan 25, 2021 No Applicants
(CLOSED) USDA - Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS) 2021

For this program, NIFA will support projects with a...

Nov 30, 2020 Jan 21, 2021 Sherri Mason (Behrend College)