Research and Sponsored Programs


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Fostering research, creative activities and scholarship.

The mission of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is to advance the research enterprise at Commonwealth University by promoting an environment that fosters research, scholarship, and creative activities for Bloomsburg, Lock Haven and Mansfield campus's.

ORSP provides a customer service environment by providing leadership, resources, information, and guidance. ORSP aligns with the CUP’s mission to enhance academic excellence through the support of faculty and student research and scholarly activity. In doing so, ORSP will provide education and training initiatives in support with the goal of increasing awareness and competitiveness in the pursuit of internal and external funding. In accomplishing this mission, ORSP ensures accountability, compliance and stewardship for sponsored programs as directed by the values of the office and by all applicable Federal, State, and University policies, procedures and regulations.

Guide to Support Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities

These are annual competitions within Commonwealth University, administered by the Office of Research and Sponsored programs. Grants include margins of Excellence and Research and Scholarship. Internal grants are to be meant for one-off research or artistic projects, or as seed money for developing external grants. They are not well-suited for salary replacement/supplement, or for recurring annual expenses. InfoReady is Commonwealth’s competition platform for current opportunities and guidelines.

Title of Grant Type Deadlines Overview
Fall- Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities - Small Grant Program (budgets up to $3,000) Monday, October 24th Budgets can range from $500-$3,000
View competition
Reassigned Time Competition, for release time in AY 2023-2024 Monday, December 12th To apply for release time for the 2023-2024 Academic Year.
View competition
Spring- Faculty Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Program (Small, Regular, and Start-Up Requests) Monday, March 13th
  • Small- Budgets up to $3,000
  • Regular- Budgets up to $6,000
  • Start-Up- Budgets up to $10,000 (start-up grants are limited to faculty within 1st two  years of tenure track position).
PASSHE Faculty Professional Development Council Grants Competition Tentative
  • Grant Guidelines will be released in October
  • Internal CUP competition deadline in December
  • Final proposal due to PASSHE in February
$300,000 set aside in APSCUF agreement. See attached article 43.

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs encourages faculty and staff to seek funding from external sources to support a vibrant, creative, and research-oriented community. External funding comes in many forms. There are federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Education, and others. There are also private foundations such as the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Templeton Foundation.

ORSP is now in collaboration with Indiana University of Pennsylvania Research Institute for all your external grant needs.  With their team of grant specialists to assist you in identifying funding opportunities, develop your proposal narrative and budget, submit to your institutional hierarchy for review and approval, submission to the agency, and then manage your project activities and expenditures upon receipt of an award.  

IUP-RI will facilitate/offering of webinars, workshops, and other research development opportunities as well as have PI mentorship academies that are held throughout the year.  These events will be sent out through email and will appear on the ORSP website so keep an eye out for those opportunities.

Please reach out to Christine Orlando 570-389-4322, in ORSP, on any questions how to get started on this process.  Reminder that if you need any human subject research or animal research approval that will need to be done with IRB/IACUC.

Notice of Intent to Submit

Funding Opportunities








October 4th

11 – 12:00pm



Proposal Due

October 12, 2022

PCCD – PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency – Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP)


For FY 2022-23, a total of $105 million in state funding for Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) has been directed to the PCCD for providing grants and technical assistance to address community violence throughout the Commonwealth. For the purposes of this funding announcement, ‘community violence’ is defined as intentional interpersonal violence (e.g., gun violence, group-related violence) in areas of Pennsylvania with high rates of violent crime using Uniform Crime Report offense data or similar local crime statistics.


Maximum award amounts will be based on applicants’ current operating budgets; applicants may not request more than 50% of their current operating budget.



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September 15

10:00 – 11:00


Proposal Due

October 31, 2022

PCCD – PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency – CCVI – Coordinated Community Violence Intervention Strategies Pilot Grant Program 


The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) is now accepting applications for funding under the FY 2022 Coordinated Community Violence Intervention (CCVI) Strategies Pilot Grant Program. The primary purpose of this grant program is to increase local coordination and collaboration to more effectively prevent, intervene, and respond to gun and group violence.

Award Range - $1 - $3,000,000 (32 months)


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Letter of Interest Package Due


November 1st




CESU- Chesapeake Watershed Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unity – Historic Resource Study of African American Communities on the Antietam Battlefield & Sharpsburg

Via our cooperative agreement with the National Park Service, the National Council on Public History seeks a qualified historian (or team of historians) to conduct a Historic Resource Study of African American experiences on the Antietam National Battlefield and National Cemetery, and in Sharpsburg, MD. This study will incorporate historical research and community and descendant engagement efforts to understand the meaning of freedom for African Americans at Antietam throughout the history of the battlefield and cemetery.


Project Budget $77,812.00 (26 months – Jan 2023 – March 2025






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