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.

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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NSF/NSF China Joint Research on Environmental Sustainability Challenges

August 22, 2017 | Noon to 2 p.m. | Land and Water Building, Room 113

The Penn State Sustainability Institute, Institute for Energy and the Environment, and Strategic Interdisciplinary Research Office are jointly hosting a discussion of opportunities for U.S. - China collaborations on research on the food-energy-water (FEW) nexus, urban sustainability, global change, and manufacturing. A target for this discussion is the identification of teaming opportunities around topics of interest announced in NSF 17-099 Dear Colleague Letter focused on:

Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS: U.S.-China)

  1. Quantitative and computational modeling of a FEW system
  2. Innovative human and technological solutions to critical FEW systems problems

Interested applicants must have a partner in China who will submit a companion proposal to the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). The goal for this discussion is to facilitate teaming of opportunities between partners with relevant research interests and the appropriate in-country connection.

Participants are invited to register here. Registrants who wish to present information on an existing U.S.-China relationship or research expertise related to the NSF 17-099 Letter are invited to request a five-minute slot on the discussion agenda by sending an email to Lorraine Mulfinger at lxm14@psu.edu. Online registration is encouraged prior to August 21, 2017, after which on-site registrations will be welcomed. To participate via Zoom at the time of the event, please follow this link.




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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