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Strategic Interdisciplinary Research Office

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The Strategic Interdisciplinary Research Office (SIRO) is a research administration unit under the direction of  Director, Padma Raghavan.  SIRO staff provides active support for the development of large-scale and strategic proposals that are mainly multi-college and multi-institution efforts as well as administration of the resulting awards.

SIRO staff also provides administrative support to the Materials Research Institute (MRI) and the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment (PSIEE).  In this context, SIRO provides both pre-award and post-award support for single-investigator and team based programs of MRI and PSIEE researchers whose primary campus address is in interdisciplinary research buildings (e.g. MRL Building, MRI Building, and Land and Water Building).

Large-Scale and Strategic Support:

MRI and PSIEE Investigator Report

SIRO staff can assist you in directing your general research administration inquiries. For additional university resources, regarding research administration, please refer to the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) website (Office of Sponsored Programs) for more information.