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
Reimagining Multilateralism: New ideas and practical solutions for addressing transnational challenges Carnegie Corporation Friday, February 26, 2021 - 4:00pm Mar 15, 2021
Chemical Upcycling of Polymers (DE-FOA-0002462) DOE Monday, March 1, 2021 - 4:00pm May 12, 2021
NIH-PAR-20-223 Enhancing Science, Technology, EnginEering, and Math Educational Diversity (ESTEEMED) Research Education Experiences (R25) NIH Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 4:00pm Jun 24, 2021
Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Programs 2021-22 Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 4:00pm Jun 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) PAR-21-025 Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) (T32 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Notice of Change to the Number of Applications that...

Feb 26, 2021 No Applicants
(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) HRSA-21-090 Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for Paraprofessionals

The purpose of the BHWET Program for Paraprofessionals is...

Apr 12, 2021 Margaret Bacheler (OSVPCC)
(CLOSED) NSF 20-529 NSF Innovation Corps Hubs Program (I-CorpsTM Hubs) 2021

The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to further develop and nurture a national...

Apr 01, 2021 James Delattre (OSVPR)
(CLOSED) Agilent Early Career Professor Award 2021

2021 Focus: Contributions to the development of breakthrough solutions to understand or manage...

Dec 04, 2020 Feb 26, 2021 Huanyu Cheng (CoE)
(CLOSED) DE-FOA-0002441 - Scientific Discovery Through Advanced Computing: Partnerships in Basic Energy Sciences

The DOE SC programs in Basic Energy Sciences (BES) and...

Jan 06, 2021 Jan 19, 2020 Apr 06, 2021 Michael Janik (CoE), Zi-kui Liu (E&MS)
(CLOSED) NIH Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) Program: FIRST Cohort (U54 Clinical Trial Optional)

The purpose of the FIRST Cohort...

Jan 07, 2021 Feb 01, 2021 Mar 01, 2021 Craig Newschaffer (HHD)
(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) DE-FOA-0002449 Materials and Chemical Sciences Research for Quantum Information Science

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

Jan 07, 2021 Jan 27, 2021 Apr 21, 2021 Shengxi Huang (CoE); Swaroop Ghosh (CoE)
(CLOSED) FFAR New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award - 2021

The Foundation for Food & Agricultural Research (FFAR) seeks nominations for its 2021 New...

Feb 08, 2021 Mar 03, 2021 May 05, 2021 Liana Burghardt (College of Agricultural Sciences)
(CLOSED) NSF 21-550 Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics ( S-STEM) 2021

Posted: January 8, 2021. Replaces: ...

Feb 08, 2021 Apr 07, 2021 Samir Ouzomgi (PS Abington); Ryan Hassler (PS Berks); Troy Ott (Grad School, Huck); Sedig Agili (PS Harrisburg); Julio Urbina (CoE); Christopher Blaszczack-Box (E&MS)
(CLOSED) Packard Fellowships for Science & Engineering 2021

The Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering program invests in future leaders who have the...

Feb 09, 2021 Mar 15, 2021 Xin Ning (CoE); Hee Jeung Oh (CoE)
(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) USDA NIFA Equipment Grants Program (EGP) - 2021

The Equipment Grants Program (EGP) serves to increase access to shared-use special purpose equipment/instruments...

Feb 15, 2021 Mar 16, 2021 Darrell Bartholomew (PS Harrisburg); Flor Acevedo (PS Behrend); Tyler Groh (AgSci); Francesco Di Gioia (AgSci)
(CLOSED) NSF 21-553 - Enabling Quantum Leap: Quantum Interconnect Challenges for Transformational Advances in Quantum Systems (QuIC-TAQS)

The Quantum...

Feb 16, 2021 Apr 12, 2021
(CLOSED) DE-FOA-0002460 - X-Stack: Programming Environments for Scientific Computing

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

Feb 17, 2021 Mar 01, 2021 Apr 12, 2021 No Applicants
(CLOSED) USDA Crop Protection and Pest Management Competitive Grants Program - Extension Implementation Program Area (EIP) (USDA-NIFA-CPPM-008055)

Institutional Limit...

Feb 18, 2021 Mar 15, 2021 Nina Jenkins (AgSci)
(CLOSED) Innovative Water Infrastructure Workforce Development Grant Program (EPA-OW-OWM-20-01)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting applications...

Feb 25, 2021 Mar 26, 2021 No Applicants