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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What’s New?

SIRO now asks that faculty submit their final proposal documents two (2) business days in advance of the sponsor’s deadline. This policy (SIRO SOP PA-01) reflects research administration practices common to the top research institutions across the country. Exceptions will be reviewed by the Vice President for Research. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have questions.

Institution Ranking Business Documents Final Documents
(1) Johns Hopkins U.  N/A 3 Business Days
(2) U. Michigan, Ann Arbor N/A 4 Business Days
(3) U. Washington, Seattle 7 Business Days 3 Business Days
(4) U. Wisconsin-Madison N/A 7 Business Days
(5) U. California, San Francisco 5 Business Days 3 Business Days
(6) U. California, San Diego 4 Business Days 1.5 Business Days
(7) Duke U. N/A 5 Business Days
(8) U. North Carolina, Chapel Hill 5 Business Days 2 Business Days
(9) Stanford U. 5 Business Days 3 Business Days
(10) U. California, Los Angeles N/A 5 Business Days
(11) Harvard U. N/A 5 Business Days
(12) Massachusetts Institute of Technology N/A 5 Business Days
(13) Columbia U. in the City of New York N/A 5 Business Days
(14) Cornell U. N/A 5 Business Days
(15) U. Minnesota, Twin Cities N/A 3 Business Days
(16) U. Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh N/A 3 Business Days
(17) Texas A&M U. N/A 2 Business Days
(18) U. Pennsylvania N/A 3 Business Days
(19) Ohio State U. TBD TBD
(20) Pennsylvania State U., University Park and Hershey Medical Center Determined by Unit Determined by Unit



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