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 $9,000 (start-up grants are limited to faculty within 1st two  years of tenure track position)
  • Please see InfoReady for competition
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 24, 2022


Full proposal

By invitation

VIA Art – Artistic Production Grant


Artistic Production grants fund the production and exhibition of new artistic commissions, in amounts ranging between $25,000 – $100,000



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Proposal Due

November 1, 2022

Kurt Weil Foundation for Music – Grants Program & Collaborative Initiatives – College/University and Amateur Performance


The Foundation's Grant and Collaborative Initiatives Programs award financial support to individuals and not-for-profit organizations for projects related to Weill, Lenya, or Marc Blitzstein. Funding of up to $15,000 may be requested by colleges, universities, and amateur performing arts organizations in support of general production expenses for performances of Kurt Weill’s and/or Marc Blitzstein’s stage works, and to cover musical expenses in connection with performances of Weill’s or Blitzstein’s concert works. 






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Proposal Due

November 15, 2022

Bureau of International Narcotics- Law Enforcement- Civil Society Capacity Building to Prevent, Identify and Expose Corruption and Impunity in El Salvador


The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a project to strengthen civil society organizations in El Salvador to identify, analyze, and expose corruption and impunity.


Award Range - $150,000 - $2,000,000 (24-36 months)




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Proposal Due

January 31, 2022

CAF – Culture and Animals Foundation


The Culture & Animals Foundation (CAF) provides annual grants to scholars and artists using their intellect, creativity, and compassion to build a deeper understanding of human–animal relationships and a greater respect for animal rights. Academic and artistic projects [] will be considered in three categories:

  • Research: Scholarly projects about animal advocacy and its cultural roots and impact;
  • Creativity: Original work by artists and thinkers that expresses positive concern for animals.
  • Performance: Public performances and exhibitions, including the products of our research and creative grants, to raise awareness of animal advocacy.

Award Range varies from a few hundred to a few thousand







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