Find Funding

Find Funding

The second 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/program

Funding Profiles

Staff in the Office of Research and Outreach assists faculty to build customized investigator profiles on sites like Funding Institutional to enable investigators to receive automatic notifications about matching funding opportunities.  Develop and submit your “find funding” profile to us so we can input this information so you receive these notifications.


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 or request a topic presentation or consultation.

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 Funding 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.
  • Submission Deadlines Fall Competition:
    • 5 p.m., Second Friday in October - Submission to your School Director
    • 5 p.m., Last Friday in October - Submission to Office of Research and Outreach
  • Submission Deadlines Spring Competition:
    • 5 p.m., Second Friday in February - Submission to the School Director
    • 5 p.m., Last Friday in February - Submission to Office of Research and Outreach

External funding

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
    • Penn State is one of the Commonwealth’s largest research partners. As the Commonwealth’s land-grant university, Penn State performs a wide variety of research, research related services, and training services at its main campus at University Park as well as its network of branch campuses.
    • The types of projects up for bid include research, data mining, training program development and delivery, consulting, evaluation of state programs, etc., with interest across many areas including, transportation, rural health, environmental issues, crime, human services and many more.
    • ORO has prepared Navigating Commonwealth Funding Opportunities, a guide to assist you with using Pennsylvania's vendor portal to set up e-mail alerts, locate and understand the key words in the alert, and to provide some helpful procurement guidelines for successful interactions with the Commonwealth of PA.
  • Funding Institutional
    • Funding Institutional is an online funding solution available to Penn State to support researchers and research administrators in the pre-award stage of the funding process and is designed to help researchers find funding opportunities based on pre-populated user profiles. These profiles can be updated so that users can get email alerts about new programs. This resource has a strong focus on private and Industry funding sources.  Please contact the Office of Research (ORO) and Outreach for your sign on information.
    • Search for your federal grants by keywords or more specific criteria. All discretionary grants offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies can be found on
  • Funding for businesses and from industry
    • 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.
      • For more information, please contact Kelly Wylam, Director Innovation Partnership Ben Franklin Technology Partners (
      • Innovation Gateway: Innovation Gateway is designed to connect PSU researchers to the technical challenges and needs of industry. First, they capture your research interests and expertise. Then, they match you with relevant industry opportunities. In the end, their goal is to help you obtain funding to commercialize your ideas.

Limited Submissions Program

  • 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. For more information about limited submissions, please call the Office of Research and Outreach.

Other Penn State University Internal Funding

Other External Funding

  • 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.
  • Fellowship opportunities