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Prepare Proposals

Most colleges have a Research Administrator who helps faculty members prepare proposals and administer external funds. The Office of Sponsored Programs oversees the proposal submission process and negotiates contractual terms and conditions of resultant awards. If you are a new investigator, please read the Proposal Preparation Overview.  

Detailed information regarding the proposal preparation process can be found below:

1 Proposal Guides and Tutorials
Penn State proposal guides and other general information
2 Write Proposal
Tutorials on how to write a competitive proposal
3 Develop Budget
Information regarding allowable costs, rates, salary caps, cost-sharing, and budget justification
4 Internal Approval Forms
Internal Approval Forms (IAFs) must be completed prior to proposal submission. If no formal proposal is submitted, an IAF must be completed at the time of the award.
5 Agency Forms and Guidelines
Guidelines and form sets for major federal, state, and other sponsors
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PRE-AWARD issues

Office of Sponsored Programs
814-865-1372 •
The Office of Sponsored Programs provides central coordination and oversight of all research awards that come into Penn State.
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Office of Research Accounting
814-865-7525 •
The Office of Research Accounting is responsible for invoicing sponsored projects in a timely, efficient, and accurate manner.
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The Science and Engineering Research Expenditure Rankings for FY14 were released November 2015. This report identifies Penn State's rankings in S&E research fields and subfields. This data is based on an expenditure survey conducted each year by the National Science Foundation. Survey data from prior years can be found here.

The Annual Report of Research Activity charts sources of research funding, research expenditures, and the research activity of the interdisciplinary and technology transfer units.