Penn State Harrisburg

For Researchers


Seed funding

Refer to the section on seed funding under Find Funding.


  • Funding Profiles:  Staff in the Office of Research and Outreach assists faculty to build customized investigator profiles on sites like SciVal and Grants Resources Center  to enable investigators to receive automatic notifications about matching funding opportunities.  Develop and submit your “find funding” profile.
  • Training: Several training opportunities are available through our office for faculty and staff ranging from grant seeking, grant submission grant management, technology transfer and much more.  See the Research and Outreach homepage for a list of upcoming events.
  • Develop a Concept Paper: Do you have a project or research activity that you are hoping to further develop so that it is stronger for setting up the study or so that you can ask for funding? Using the Concept Paper questions, researchers can address those compelling questions valued by sponsors of projects in the appropriate area. For more information about concept papers please visit the Penn State College of Medicine Research Concierge services.
  • Proposal planning: The proposal process generally begins with a faculty’s wish to apply for funding to support research efforts, training/career development, or other sponsored activities.

    What to expect initially: 
    Faculty will be asked to
  • Compliance requirements where applicable
  • Budget planning: The Principal Investigator/Project director is responsible for budget planning in consultation with his or her school director or department head.  Staff in our office plays an integral part in guiding the investigator through the budget development, review and approval process (Internal approval form – IAF), prior to submission to any sponsor. To start your budget please complete the budget template (.xls)
  • Penn State Harrisburg Institutes and Centers
  • Managing your grant: The Principal Investigator must manage the project once funded. This includes being judicious in reporting milestones, managing expenses, working with subcontractors, etc.  Alterations/deviations from the approved project must be reported to the staff in the Office of Research and Outreach which will determine the appropriate actions needed to make the necessary adjustments.
  • Protecting your results
  • Presenting your results: Several institutional platforms exists where you can present your work. Contact us to find out more.
  • Postdoctoral Scholarships: Contact staff in our office to find out more about opportunities that might exist.
  • Technology Transfer

Support for Faculty

  • Penn State Harrisburg:
    • Grants information/Training/Assistance
    • Grant writing/writer
    • Internal seed grants
    • Publication Costs: when possible, the Office of Research and Outreach (ORO) will make limited funding available to assist faculty with the costs for academic publications or other academic productions. Of necessity and within the criteria listed in the application instructions and form, limited funds will be available on a first-come-first–served basis and should be matched form other sources. Application and Instruction form - Online form to be developed)
    • School based funding – Contact your School Director to find out more.
    • Global funding: The Global Fund provides a resource to faculty for international programs expenses. Programs must be related to the strategic initiatives outlined in the strategic plan of the College. Projects include: development and participation in a study tour, development and maintenance of international exchange programs at Penn State Harrisburg, collaborative research projects related to Penn State’s key international or strategic initiatives. School or unit director’s approval for the project is required for the application.
    • Fulbright grants:  These are fellowships for US faculty or staff to do short (1-2 weeks), moderate (2-3 months) or extended (6 months-1 year) work overseas in over 100 countries.  There are also programs for foreign researchers and academics to come to the US. Work could be for research, teaching or information exchange. These applications are generally due in early August and are aimed at specific country requests listed in the Awards Catalog. Please contact our office in spring or early summer if you wish to discuss.
  • Other Penn State University Internal Funding:
  • Travel Safety Network
  • NRC Research Associateship Programs: Competitive awards are available for scientists and engineers to conduct independent research in federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. Awards include attractive stipends, health insurance, professional travel and relocation.
  • Funding for Undergraduate Research

Faculty Development Opportunities


Small Business Development, via 

  • Ben Franklin Network
  • Partnerships/Networks
    • Innovation Partnership: The Innovation Partnership is a consortium of economic development and business assistance organizations located throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Our goal is to help early-stage technology companies in Pennsylvania secure federal funding opportunities.
    • Innovation Transfer Network


Refer to the centers and institutes page.



  • Research award
    To recognize and encourage excellence in academic research, creative activity, scholarship, and mastery of subject matter by faculty at Penn State Harrisburg.


Proposal Submission Request Form15.93 KB