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
Materials for Enhancing Energy and Environmental Stewardship Institutes of Energy and Environment and Materials Research Institute $15,000-$40,000 depending on number of investigators

Application Deadline: February 21, 2019

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National Taiwan Normal University – PSU 2019 Collaboration Development Fund Request for Proposals Office of Global Programs $5000

Application Deadline: Feb 26, 2019

RFP details and application form: Download as PDF. Contact Rose Tan ( with any questions.
Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse Seed Funding Social Sciences Research Institute (SSRI) $500-$5,000 (level 1) $5,000-$20,000 (level 2)

Application Deadline: : Level 1 – Rolling; Level 2 – January 15, 2019

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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