The Strategic Interdisciplinary Research Office (SIRO) is a research administration unit of the Office of the Vice President for Research that is organized to support both the development of proposals and the administration of large and strategic projects at Penn State. Supported projects typically involve significant efforts from multiple faculty spanning two or more colleges or institutes, and are of strategic importance to the Penn State research enterprise. Projects like these are typically quite time consuming and labor intensive to propose and manage, and SIRO is designed to support these greater needs. SIRO also provides comprehensive pre and post-award support for multiple institutes.

What does a typical SIRO project look like?

  • Over $1 million per year
  • Faculty from more than three PSU colleges, campuses or institutes
  • Many large subcontracts, especially international
  • Extensive institutional data sets (e.g. training grants)
  • Major shared resources
  • Detailed extra sections (e.g. consortium, team or data management plans; outreach plans; formal evaluation or assessment; GANTT charts)


SIRO leadership works in consultation with faculty, department heads, deans, and research institute directors to determine the level of support necessary for each proposal or project. SIRO carefully coordinates all of its support activities with research administrators and financial officers across colleges, in Research Accounting, and the Office of Sponsored Programs. To learn more about our services, contact SIRO staff via phone or email, or visit the office in Beecher-Dock House.

To request SIRO support, please complete the Service Request Form. Additional university resources supporting research administration are available from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP).


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Parker Cleveland

SIRO is pleased to announce the addition of Parker Cleveland to the pre-award proposal development team as a Research Development Associate. Parker brings to this position strengths in technical proposal writing and international project management. With an MS in International Affairs from the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, he supported the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Global Problems MBA coursework for the Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship. His diverse international research support experiences include work in Merida, Mexico on mosquito control for minimizing transmission of dengue fever and Zika Virus. Prior to landing at Penn State, Parker worked as the Carter Center’s Program Assistant for the Global Access to Information Program where he developed briefings, proposals, contracts and memoranda of understanding, supporting projects and partners in multiple locations. Welcome, Parker!




SIRO provides free workshops to the Penn State community on strategy, requirements, and tips for writing large-scale grant proposals. The 2017-2018 academic year schedule is being built. Visit the Proposal Development Workshops page for additional information, and check back frequently for updates to the schedule.



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