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)
  • International collaboration / engagement


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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Penn State NSF Career Day  |  Broader Impacts Showcase  |  Building Interdisciplinary Teams Panel Discussion

February 28, 2018 | 10 AM - 3 PM | Nittany Lion Inn

Dr. Neil Sharkey, Vice President for Research, invites you to attend any or all of these activities that are open to all faculty University-wide. These events are intended to provide networking opportunities and proposal development advice to faculty who are planning any funding application. Broader impacts providers representing diversity enhancement initiatives; industry partnerships; community engagement; K-12 education; summer science camps; undergraduate research programs; informal science education; sustainability; extension; outreach; and other broader impacts activities will be participating in the showcase event. Lunch will be provided. Visit the SIRO Workshops page for additional information.

Register here as faculty.


Seed Grant Funding Opportunities

SIRO now offers a web-based bulletin board of seed grant funding opportunities for faculty and graduate students. The list consists of grant titles, sponsors, dollar amounts and deadlines. It will be updated frequently. For additional information, questions, or to submit a seed grant opportunity to be posted on this webpage, please contact Parker Cleveland.




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