Karen Little

  • Senior Contracting Officer
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Coordinator
Office of Sponsored Programs
110 Technology Center Building University Park, PA 16802
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As a Senior Contracting Officer, Karen is responsible for reviewing Requests for Proposals, processing gifts and grants, and negotiating contracts, subawards, and modifications thereto. She serves as co-chair of the Subaward Committee, co-chair of the Quality Assurance Committee, and is a member of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Committee. Karen is also presenter for Penn State’s ACES Certification and Education Series (ACES).

Karen joined the University in 2009 in the Office of Sponsored Programs before expanding her Research Administration experience as a Proposal and Award Generalist in the College of Agricultural Sciences and the College of Engineering. She returned to OSP as a negotiator in 2016.

Karen holds a bachelor’s degree in Letters, Arts and Sciences from The Pennsylvania State University.

Karen negotiates subawards for the following business areas:

  • Engineering (A-M)
  • IST
  • University Outreach