Penn State Harrisburg

Find Funding


Find the right funding source

The first step in the project lifecycle is to find funding. The goal should always be to find funding/opportunities that match:

  • the project
  • investigator's strengths and interests
  • the school

External funding

  • Pivot: Pivot is an innovative, on-line service where researchers can find funding opportunities from both the federal and private sector, and identify potential collaborators and scientists working in the same field.
  • Grants Resources Center: GRC provides personalized and comprehensive federal and private funding information.
  • SBIR/STTR funding (Multiple federal agencies):
    • The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Research and Development in an arena that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization.
    • Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) is a program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development arena.  Central to the program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. The unique feature of the STTR program is the requirement for the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II. STTR's most important role is to bridge the gap between performance of basic science and commercialization of resulting innovations.

Internal seed/grant funding

  • Internal funds are made available to all full time faculty. Research Council Grants (RCGs); Interdisciplinary (INT) grants, Travel for Planning Grants (PLA) and New Collaborations with the Institute for State and Regional Affairs (FCI) are intended to serve as “seed funding” for new projects by providing financial support to assess whether the project has potential for full development.  To find out more, review the guidelines and application form.