Office of Sponsored Programs

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) provides central coordination and oversight of Penn State sponsored projects.

This includes processing proposals and negotiating resultant grants, contracts, and other agreements. All agreements are reviewed to confirm that the terms and conditions:

  • protect the interests of Penn State faculty members and students,
  • protect Penn State's institutional interests,
  • are consistent with Penn State's policies and mission statement, and
  • are consistent with all applicable state and federal laws.

After agreements are put in place, OSP coordinates efforts with research administrators across Penn State to ensure that all sponsored funds are administered in accordance with the agreed upon terms and conditions.

Click here to view OSP's organizational chart.  

Most colleges have a Research Administrator who helps faculty members prepare proposals and administer external funds. The Office of Sponsored Programs oversees the proposal submission process and negotiates contractual terms and conditions of resultant awards. Also learn about other offices involved in Penn State research administration

Contract offices are also maintained at the College of Medicine and the Applied Research Lab.  


The Science and Engineering Research Expenditure Rankings for FY22 were released November 2023. This report identifies Penn State’s rankings in S&E research fields and subfields. Survey data from prior years can be found here.