Other Funding Opportunities

Researchers looking for funding opportunities can find Penn State limited submission listings as well as occasional calls and announcements from outside of the University. 

Upcoming Opportunities

Center for Security Research and Education Fall 2021 Grant Program

Penn State’s Center for Security Research and Education (CSRE) offers grants to support interdisciplinary research and education addressing threats to human security, public safety, and democratic institutions from any source.


Any full-time Penn State faculty member (as defined at Penn State Academic Policy AC21) and full-time Penn State research and engineering staff members (see Research and Engineering | PSU Human Resources for a non-exclusive list of job titles) may submit proposals as a Principal Investigator (PI).

Applications for Fall 2021 grants must be received by September 30, 2021.


This CSRE Call for Proposal covers three types of grants and funding levels:

  1. Impact Grants may be awarded in amounts not to exceed $30,000. Impact Grants are designed to support interdisciplinary collaboration and to pursue specific, significant, external funding opportunities.
  2. Seed Grants may be awarded in amounts not to exceed $15,000. Seed Grants are intended to facilitate the development of interdisciplinary security-related initiatives and to explore external funding opportunities.
  3. Education Grants may be awarded in amounts not to exceed $5,000. Education grants are designed to support interdisciplinary security-related curricular or educational program development or enhancement, e.g. the creation of a multi-college, security-related course or the enhancement of an existing, interdisciplinary, security-related course.


Any proposal relevant to CSRE’s mission is encouraged and will receive full consideration.

In addition, for the Fall 2021 grant cycle, interdisciplinary proposals related to protection, resilience, and interdependencies between sectors within the National Infrastructure Protection Plan’s 16 Critical Infrastructure Sectors are especially desired. Within these sectors, CSRE is particularly interested in:

  • Proposals relating to protection of food and water supplies from cyberattacks at all stages of the production and distribution process; food or water supply contamination or disruption, including accidental or intentional food contamination, as well as a natural or human attack on a food transportation or energy source; disease and pests, resulting from exposure during international or national movement through the supply chain or from the harmful effects of severe weather coupled with global climate change. Proposals that include international scope and partnerships are encouraged. These topic areas are directly relevant to the mission of the Institute for Sustainable Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Science (SAFES). SAFES member faculty who are interested in submitting CSRE grant proposals or who may be interested in providing expertise to interdisciplinary teams across the University may contact Amanda Jacobson Snyder, SAFES Research Initiatives Associate at ajs52@psu.edu. Information on SAFES membership can be found here. Food Security proposals from faculty in the College of Agricultural Sciences that include an international focus or partnership may be eligible for additional funding from Ag Sciences Global. Recipients must be willing to present their research, serve as a panelist, or otherwise support a CSRE Critical Infrastructure Protection conference at University Park on March 30 – April 1, 2022.
  • Proposals that address challenges to energy infrastructure and security, such as those relating to protection of energy transmission and delivery grids (e.g., nuclear energy, pipelines and power grids) including cyber and physical security threats; natural disasters and extreme weather conditions; workforce capability (“aging workforce”) and human errors; aging infrastructure; changes in fuel supply; the changing geopolitics of energy; and improving the security of an increasingly distributed electric power system (e.g. micro-grids). Proposals that are able to clearly link science, technology and engineering with legal, policy and social considerations are especially welcome and will be considered for additional funding in partnership with the Center for Energy Law and Policy. Questions about proposals that may be considered for joint funding can be directed to Seth Blumsack, Director of the Center for Energy Law and Policy, at sab51@psu.edu. Recipients must be willing to present their research, serve as a panelist, or otherwise support a CSRE Critical Infrastructure Protection conference at University Park on March 30 – April 1, 2022.


1. All proposals must:

  • Clearly reflect the inter-, multi-, or transdisciplinary nature of contemporary security challenges by incorporating expertise from multiple, diverse disciplines (e.g., the physical sciences and social sciences, law and business) and, ideally, involve collaboration among multiple units and multiple Penn State campuses. The fact that a proposal involves faculty from different Penn State academic units is not “interdisciplinary” if the faculty members are from the same academic discipline;
  • Clearly describe the objectives to be achieved, including clear data collection and analysis plans where applicable;
  • Provide a proposed budget for how CSRE funds will be used;
  • If the applicant has received a previous CSRE grant, provide a status update if work is still in progress, or, evidence of positive outcomes if the grant is completed, and descriptions of what is new and different from the previous proposal;
  • Include an endorsement from the applicant’s and co-applicant’s department head, dean or chancellor.

2. Proposals will receive additional favorable consideration if they:

  • Include commitments for matching funds from one or more departments, Colleges, or Institutes;
    Note: Deans and directors of CSRE member units may be willing to provide additional funding to encourage applications for CSRE grants. Interested faculty should inquire within their college or relevant CSRE-member institute.
  • Are submitted by a principal investigator from a CSRE contributing unit.

3. Education Grants must clearly describe why CSRE support will provide unique value to innovative interdisciplinary curriculum development and an endorsement from the applicant’s and co-applicant’s department head, dean, or chancellor that the curriculum has the potential for lasting impact.

4. Research Grants must also:

  • Describe how the grant will lead to additional external funding, to include potential funding sources, submission deadlines, and subject matter;
  • Clearly articulate a plan for engagement with stakeholders in industry, government, non-profit or other practitioner sectors, beyond participation in the CSRE Critical Infrastructure Protection Conference. If the applicant intends to use CSRE funding in conjunction with funds obtained from other grant sources, include a commitment to use CSRE funding only for the express purposes described in the proposal;

Allowable Expenses

  • Allowable expenses include:
  • Salary for undergraduate or graduate research assistants;
  • Purchase of research materials including books (note: purchases of IT equipment are not permitted);
  • Funds to support operating expenses for a public event;
  • Travel for research;
  • Travel to present research findings or testimony to government or international agency groups;
  • Faculty salary (course buyouts and/or summer salary) not greater than $15,000.

Expectations of Grant Recipients

As a condition of accepting CSRE funds, recipients agree to the following:

  • Investigators are expected to provide an annual project status update (beginning on the one-year anniversary of your award) and upon completing the project. These materials allow us to track and report outcomes as well as monitor the success of our seed grant program;
  • If you need to make changes to the project team, description, design, or budget during your projects, please send a request to csre@psu.edu with the specific details of these changes;
  • Recipients must appropriately acknowledge CSRE support in relevant publications, speaking, and promotional activities. Information on public display of the CSRE logo may be obtained from csre@psu.edu;
  • Upon request, recipients must be willing to participate in reviewing future CSRE grant proposals and are encouraged to participate in CSRE-sponsored events.

Application and Selection Process

  • Selection Committee and Process. All grant applications submitted in response to this call will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary committee of three or more CSRE representatives. All proposals must satisfy CSRE eligibility criteria. In addition, proposals submitted within this application cycle will be evaluated comparatively to determine which are most worthy of receiving finite CSRE grant funding. Under these procedures, it is possible that a fully qualified proposal may not be among the best qualified to receive funding.
  • Applications should be submitted on InfoReady: https://psu.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1846489 (See the CSRE Proposal Submission Guidelines linked at right for format and structure)
  • We encourage coordination and discussion during the proposal development process. Potential applicants may contact John Hodgson, Associate Director, at jgh161@psu.edu.

Internal Submission Deadline: Thursday, September 30, 2021


Commonwealth Campuses Funding Opportunities

The Commonwealth Campuses Research Collaboration Development Program (CCRCDP) was established in 2018. This program provides commonwealth campus faculty the opportunity to submit research proposals that require access to Penn State’s shared facilities resources (equipment, instruments) and subject matter experts. The goals of this program are:

  • Build the foundation for a collaborative research environment
  • Build relationships between researchers at UP and CoM facilities/institutes and faculty and students at the Commonwealth Campuses
  • Accelerate research and strengthen opportunities for submission of high-quality publications and proposals
  • Increase opportunities for engaging with funding agencies and industry

Overview of the CCRCDP OPEN ROLLING Submission Process and Available Resources

  • Open rolling submission process for Phase 1 (Concept Paper) and Phase 2 (Full Proposal). CCRCDP program overview and submission information and available resources can be found @ https://ccresearch.psu.edu
  • Given the hectic teaching schedules, each core facility recorded a short presentation highlighting facility resources, equipment, and capabilities. In addition, we also recorded a CCRCDP Program Overview presentation. New Core Facilities Recorded Webinars can be found at https://ccresearch.psu.edu/ccrcdp/ccrcdp%20facilities%20overview/. We hope that it will be useful for all commonwealth faculty since they can view any or all presentations as they wish
  • The link to the infoready proposal submission site can be found at https://psu.infoready4.com/#CompetitionsDetail/1834281
  • Phase 1 Proof of Concept Proposals are eligible for up to $1,000 funding. Faculty interested in working with a UP shared core facility are encouraged to contact the core facility director to discuss the proposed project. Upon approval of Phase 1, faculty will receive notification of approval to proceed with Phase 2 proposal submission
  • Phase 2 Full Proposal are eligible for up to $10,000 funding to support costs for equipment use, core facility staff time, and any necessary travel costs to UP and/or for sample collection
  • Upon award, each project performance period will be set for one year from the date of the award. Commonwealth faculty and Core Facility are expected to work together to ensure on-time and on-budget completion of each project.

Reporting Requirements

  • Within three months of the project end date, the Commonwealth Campus faculty member will submit an initial report to the Commonwealth Campuses Program Administrator, Odette Mina. 
  • Within one year of the project end date, a summary report is required and should include quantitative outcome measures: 
    • Publications
    • Grant proposals
    • Presentations (At UP, CoM, Commonwealth Campuses, Conferences)

Please submit the summary report to the Commonwealth Campuses Program Administrator, Odette Mina.


  • All full-time tenured or tenure track faculty members at Penn State’s Commonwealth Campuses are eligible to apply. Waivers for non-tenured faculty may be requested when petitioned by the faculty member’s Associate Dean of Research in advance of the full proposal 
  • Faculty with an active CCRCDP project that remains in progress/incomplete at the time of application are not eligible 

* For detailed program information please visit https://ccresearch.psu.edu; and for details submission information please visit https://psu.infoready4.com/#CompetitionsDetail/1834281 

Any questions should be directed to Commonwealth Campuses Program Administrator Odette Mina at odette.mina@psu.edu

Facility Overviews

Researchers have access to recorded presentations that provide overviews for each of the core facilities.


Deadline: Rolling