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
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
Monash - Penn State Collaboration Development Fund Monash University, Penn State Global Programs 20,000 AUD (approx. $15,000 USD) June 15, 2018

Penn State and the Monash University are seeking proposals to foster collaborative, sustainable, self-supporting research and education programs. The 2018 Collaboration Development Fund has been created to provide seed monies to faculty groups to develop plans for long-term programs integrating students and faculty from both universities. For more information please contact Anne Stover at

University Strategic Initiative Seed Grants Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost $50,000 to $250,000 September 4, 2018 Funding will be announced to authors and feedback will be provided to authors of proposals not selected by December 3. Funded initiatives will be publicly announced mid-December. Review RFP here. If you have questions, contact
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