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Grants and Contracts Office

The Office of Research Administration supports the mission of the college by providing administrative and management services for sponsored projects. Sponsored projects include grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements–from both the public and private sectors–which support research, instructional and service projects.

Our goal is to provide effective and efficient support services throughout the life of all sponsored projects (pre-award, post-award, and closeout). We also work to ensure compliance with Federal regulations and requirements as well as with the policies, procedures, and guidelines of the University.

  • Pre-Award Services: provide a proposal and budget development support services to faculty and staff necessary to identify, develop, and submit external grant and contract applications, and administers internal funding opportunities.
  • Post-Award Services: provide the financial support necessary to responsibly manage funds awarded, consistent with University policy, requirements of funding sources, and federal regulations and time/effort reporting.
  • Research Compliance: provide information and training for successful preparation for and ethical implementation of research within federal, state, local and institutional regulatory practices including, but not limited to, protection of human and animal subjects, hazardous materials, biosafety and HIPAA.
  • Limited Submissions: work with the Office of the Vice President for Research to respond to research funding opportunities for which a limited number of submissions are permitted from Penn State.
  • Funding Opportunities: help faculty find targeted funding opportunities.

If you are starting the proposal process, please complete the "Intent to Submit Proposal" form to inform our office. To ensure the best possible service from the Grants and Contracts Office, please complete this form at least four weeks before submission.

The Office of Sponsored Programs(OSP) recently has changed its procedures on No Cost Extensions(NCE). These extension requests should start at least 120 days (4 months) before the end date of any grant.  The following questions will help alert our office of your request and work collaboratively with your sponsor and OSP to have your request approved timely and correctly.

Frequently Asked Questions

The College of Education Research Office has added the top frequently asked questions from the proposal development stage.  

Recent Awarded Research Spotlight

       Documents and Resources                    Intent to Submit and FAQ 

                   Pre & Post Funding Administration                                   Top  FAQ

                    Find Funding                                                                        Intent to Submit

                    Proposal Training Resources                                             Research Space

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                                             Education Research Office   240 Chambers Building                                                                                   Contact Us Via Email:     Phone:  814-865-0596