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Publish research before collecting your diploma.

Drone efficiency to Viking sagas to metastatic melanoma. The jungles of Guatemala, the sub-Saharan dessert of Morocco, the festive markets of Xalapa, Mexico.

If you’re interested in it, you can research it at Bloomsburg University. If you’re willing, the research, and faculty mentorship will take you there. And as a Husky, it’s likely to garner some national spotlight and possibly an award or two. 

The mission of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is to advance the research enterprise at Bloomsburg University by promoting an environment that fosters research, scholarship, and creative activities.

ORSP provides a customer service environment by providing leadership, resources, information, and guidance. ORSP aligns with the BU’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.

Finding Funding to Support Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities

These are annual competitions within Bloomsburg 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 Bloomsburg’s competition platform for current opportunities and guidelines.

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. Get started finding funding!

Faculty and staff interested in pursuing external funding are encouraged to contact the ORSP at the earliest stage of project development. However, you're required to work with ORSP prior to submitting any budget or proposal documents to a public or private sponsor. This is to ensure the application is developed in compliance with university and sponsor guidelines.

Prior to submitting an application to an agency, you must complete the Intent to Submit form, and route the application for Institutional Approval. Many external grants require lab space, need university matching funds, will pay for you to have reassigned time which means others must teach your classes, or place other demands on university resources. BU needs to know these things are coming and agree to them in advance for your grant to be successful. Also, any Principal Investigator or Key Personnel submitting a grant application must complete the Financial Conflict of Interest Disclosure form to ensure Bloomsburg is meeting federal requirements. This procedure is essential to manage, reduce, or eliminate financial conflicts of interest in research, education and service activities, as required by Federal policy.

Title of Grant Type Deadlines Overview
Fall- Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities - Small Grant Program (budgets up to $3,500) Monday, October 25th Budgets can range from $500-$3,500
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Reassigned Time Competition, for release time in AY 2022-2023 Monday, December 13th To apply for release time for the 2021-2022 Academic Year.
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Spring- Faculty Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Program (Small, Regular, and Start-Up Requests) Monday, March 14th
  • Small- Budgets up to $3,500
  • Regular- Budgets up to $7,000
  • 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 BU competition deadline in December
  • Final proposal due to PASSHE in February
$300,000 set aside in APSCUF agreement. See attached article 43.