Security center announces Fall 2020 Grant Program

University faculty and researchers are eligible to apply by Nov. 2
CSRE Fall 2020 Grant Program Call for Proposals

University faculty and researchers are eligible to apply by November 2, 2020, for CSRE grants supporting security-related scholarship and educational programs.

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Center for Security Research and Education (CSRE) is announcing its Fall 2020 Grant Program to support security-related scholarship and educational programs at Penn State. University faculty and researchers are eligible to apply by Nov. 2.

The primary grant categories include Impact ($30k), Seed ($15k), and Education ($5k). 

Impact Grants are designed to support interdisciplinary collaboration among Penn State faculty members and researchers pursuing specific and significant external funding opportunities. Seed Grants are intended to facilitate the development of innovative and interdisciplinary initiatives and to explore external funding opportunities. Education Grants are intended to promote awareness of security issues or enhance the curricular experience of Penn State students.

Proposals may address the broad range of security challenges confronting society. Applicants may seek funding to address the threats currently facing national or international people, physical and electronic infrastructure, food and water supplies, public health, and the natural environment, as well as the implications of society’s responses to these threats on economic well-being, civil liberties, and culture.

For the Fall 2020 Grant Program, CSRE is particularly interested in proposals that address resilience and interdependencies of the critical infrastructure sectors, as defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Though all University faculty and researchers are eligible for grants, preference will be given to proposals that originate or include substantial participation from CSRE contributing units, which include the colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Engineering, Information Sciences and Technology, and the Liberal Arts; Penn State Law and the School of International Affairs; Applied Research Laboratory; Institute for Computational and Data Sciences; Penn State Institutes for Energy and the Environment; Penn State Harrisburg; Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences; and the Social Science Research Institute.

Preference will also be given to proposals that clearly reflect the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary security challenges, describe the objectives to be achieved, and include cost-sharing from additional Penn State units. Additionally, applicants who have previously received CSRE funding should provide evidence of positive outcomes from the prior award.

Complete details on the CSRE grant program, including award levels, criteria, allowable expenses, reporting requirements, and the grant application are available on the CSRE website.

Applications should be submitted no later than Nov. 2 at

The Center for Security Research and Education at Penn State promotes research, teaching, and public outreach programs in the field of security. CSRE brings scholars from diverse disciplines together to pursue comprehensive solutions to security challenges. CSRE also promotes public discussion of the critical security issues of the day.