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 Parker Cleveland at phc25@psu.edu or 814-865-9753.

Open Seed Grant Opportunities

Title Sponsor Amount ($) Deadline Additional Information
Convergence of Materials and Life Sciences - NIH and Imaging Focused Seed Grants 2018-2019 Materials Research Institute (MRI) and Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences $20,000 to $50,000 (larger and smaller amounts will be considered) February 9, 2018 at 5 PM (EST)  
2018 Summer Faculty Opportunities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory US Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory   February 9, 2018 at 11:59 PM (HBCU/MEI Summer Faculty Research Program) Summer appointment dates are June 4 - August 10, 2018. Please contact Julie Malicoat at julie.malicoat@orau.org for additional information.
Global Programs Graduate Student Travel Grants Global Programs Up to $750 February 15 at 5 PM (for travel to take place on or after May 1 of that year); September 15 at 5 PM (for travel to take place on or after December 1 of that year) Awarded twice annually. Direct questions to travelgrants@psu.edu.
Human Health and the Environment Seed Grant Penn State's Cancer Institute; Clinical and Translational Science Institute; College of Medicine; Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences; Institute for CyberScience; Institutes of Energy and the Environment; Materials Research Institute; and Social Science Research Institute At least $400,000 is available through the program. Funding will generally range from $25,000 to $50,000 for each project. Pre-proposals: February 15, 2018 Read full RFP here. To help Penn State researchers learn more about the grant program and the proposal process, there will be two events: a meet-and-greet on January 12 (from 3-5 PM in 110 Henderson Building) and a webinar on January 18 (at 1 PM via Zoom or by telephone: 646-876-9923; Meeting ID 271 824 362).
Penn State - University of Split 2018 Collaboration Development Fund Penn State Global Programs $75,000 available
(1/3 PSU unit cost sharing match required)
March 30, 2018 Available to all faculty members affiliated with the University of Split and Penn State focusing on program development to enable future collaborative efforts. Please contact Anne Stover amc1@psu.edu for more information.
Population Research Institute Innovation, Collaboration and Leadership Internal Grant Competition Population Research Institute Up to $22,500

Letter of Intent: May 1, 2018

Complete Application: June 30, 2018

The Population Research Institute at Penn State University is sponsoring a new, one-time internal grant competition aimed at building new collaborative, interdisciplinary research related to one of the key research areas supported by PRI. For questions, contact Dora Hunter at dmh63@psu.edu.
University Strategic Initiative Seed Grants Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost $50,000 to $250,000 May 21, 2018 (Cycle 3 submission deadline) - tentative The review process is broken into three cycles but proposals will be accepted throughout the year. It is anticipated that each review cycle will identify approximately 10 proposals for funding. Review RFP here. If you have questions, contact strategicplan@psu.edu.
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 csre@psu.edu.