Seed Grant Funding Opportunities

Penn State research institutes and other organizations offer seed grants along with other internal and external funding opportunities for faculty. In line with the SIRO mission to support interdisciplinary research, these funding opportunities will fund research team capabilities across diverse institutes within the university to produce results that will lead to future external funding. For more information, questions or to submit a seed grant for this webpage, please contact Reseach Development Associate, Parker Cleveland.

Open Seed Grant Opportunities

Title Sponsor Amount ($) Deadline Additional Information
Institutes of Energy and the Environment 2018-2019 Seed Grant Program Institutes of Energy and the Environment Funds up to $5,000 can be awarded for a single investigator project; up to $10,000 for two or more faculty from the same college (University Park) or Commonwealth Campus; and up to $50,000 for multi-college (across University Park) and multi campus (between campuses) collaborative grants.

Pre-proposals due 5:00PM; November 7, 2018

Penn State’s Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) has five strategic research themes of focus (listed alphabetically): Climate and Ecosystem Change; Future Energy Supply; Smart Energy Systems; Water and Biogeochemical Cycles; and Health and the Environment. This year our seed grant program will support each of these themes as we do each year. In addition, this year we are interested in supporting three crosscutting topics: Food -Energy-Water Systems, Ultra-High Performance Buildings, and Energy and Environmental Resilience. For more information please visit:
Freiburg ‐ Penn State Collaboration Development Program 2019 University of Freiburg and Penn State Collaboration Development Program 12,500 Euro + 15,000 USD

Application Deadline: November 1, 2018

The program supports research stays, joint conferences, virtual seminars and activities for younger researchers on the following topic: Water‐Energy‐Food Systems; Sustainability and Health. The successful seed fund programs should clearly demonstrate linkage and support of the topic. This program is open to faculty members affiliated with the University of Freiburg and Penn State in all disciplines. The application should include between 1 to 4 researchers from both sides. For more information, please contact: Alexandra Persiko at or review the RFP (download as PDF) and Application form (download as word doc.)
Population Research Institute Seed Funding Population Research Institute; Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) Up to $10,000 Spring 2018 and Fall 2018 Grant competition open to PRI affiliates and associates only.
The Center for Security Research and Education (CSRE) Grant Program Center for Security Research and Education (CSRE) Level 1:  Up to $1,000
Level 2:  Up to $15,000
Accepted on a rolling basis For additional information, please contact