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

ORSP administers internal grants through the InfoReady Review platform. Access is through CU’s single sign-on, using the same login and password as your university account: InfoReady (

InfoReady lists all current opportunities and guidelines. ORSP uses this cloud-based portal to post and collect applications for internal competitions and limited-submission external grant competitions. Each open competition has its own competition page accessed through InfoReady. Please refer to the InfoReady competition pages for more information, application instructions, and deadlines.

Title of Grant TypeDeadlinesOverview
Reassigned Time Competition, for release time in AY 2023-2024Monday, December 12th

View competition

  • To apply for release time for 2023-2024 Academic Year.
Faculty Research and Scholarship Internal Grants

March 25, 2024


View competition

  • Teaching Innovation Grants with a budget of up to $2,000
  • Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Small Grants with a budget of up to $3,000
  • Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Regular Grants with a budget of up to $6,000
  • Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Startup Grants with a budget of up to $10,000
PASSHE Faculty Professional Development Council Grants CompetitionNot running in 2024

See attached article 43.

$300,000 set aside in APSCUF agreement.


  • PASSHE typically releases grant guidelines in October
  • CU typically sets an internal competition deadline for December
  • Final proposal due to PASSHE in February

ORSP collaborates with the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Research Institute (IUP-RI) for all external grant needs. 

IUP-RI's team of grant specialists will assist you in identifying funding opportunities, developing your proposal narrative, creating your budget, routing your proposal for institutional approval, and submitting your proposal to the funding agency.

Notice of Intent to Submit 

Please use the link above to submit a Notice of Intent form with IUP-RI as soon as you have an idea or identify an opportunity.

ORSP strongly 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 (ED), as well as private funders like the Ford Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, and Templeton Foundation. 

Please reach out to Dr. Heather Feldhaus at, 570-389-4214 or Elizabeth Dickinson at, 570-484-2572 with any questions or requests for assistance. 


Each summer, ORSP administers the Undergraduate Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activities (URSCA) Program. URSCA participants are hired as student workers and paid to pursue a substantial research question, contribute to a scholarly endeavor, or produce an artistic work under faculty mentorship. Full- and part-time funding is available. 

For more information, visit the URSCA competition link on CU’s InfoReady portal: