GRANT PROGRAM2018-08-28T14:44:53+00:00

Grant Program and Application

The Center for Security Research and Education (CSRE) at Penn State offers grants to support:

  1. Interdisciplinary research efforts addressing the broad range of security challenges confronting society;
  2. Educational activities designed to enhance understanding of the broad range of security challenges confronting society.


CSRE grant applications may be submitted by Penn State faculty and researchers.

Grant Amounts

CSRE will offer two types of grants:

  1. Level 1 Grants, which may be awarded by the CSRE director in amounts not to exceed $1,000. Level 1 grant proposals may be submitted on a rolling basis throughout the year.
  2. Level 2 Grants, which may be awarded by the Selection Committee in amounts not to exceed $15,000. Level 2 grants are awarded twice annually per the schedule below.

The size of the grant will be determined by the scope of the proposed activities and budget, and by scope of the proposing team (collaborative grants involving participants from multiple colleges or institutes are likely to receive larger grants than if participants are in the same department, or are single PIs).  Expenditures of grants may begin immediately upon receipt and awarded funds must be used within one year of the date of the initial grant.

Grant Criteria

Applicants may seek funding to address the threats currently facing individuals, families, physical and electronic infrastructure, food and water supplies, public health, the natural environment, as well as the implications of society’s responses to these threats on economic well-being, civil liberties, and culture. Preference will be given to proposals that:

  1. Originate in CSRE member units, a list of which may be found online;
  2. Clearly reflect the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary security challenges by incorporating expertise from multiple, diverse disciplines (e.g., the physical sciences and social sciences) and involve collaboration among multiple units;
  3. Describe the objectives to be achieved, including clear data collection and analysis plans where applicable;
  4. Include cost-sharing from one or more departments, Colleges, or other Institutes;Note: Deans and directors of CSRE member units may be willing to provide additional funding to encourage applications for CSRE grants.  Interested faculty should inquire within their college or relevant CSRE-member institute.
  5. If the applicant has received CSRE funding before, provide evidence of positive outcomes from the earlier grant (e.g., publication, successful conference, successful travel, application to external grant agency);
  6. For research grants in particular, demonstrate how the research will:
    • Lead to additional external funding;
    • Involve junior faculty;
    • Involve students.
  7. For public or internal educational programs, how the program will promote awareness of security issues or enhance the curricular experience of Penn State students.

Allowable Expenses

Applicants may seek funding for academic research or other interdisciplinary, collaborative, educational programs, within or outside Penn State. Allowable expenses may include:

  1. Salary for undergraduate or graduate research assistants;
  2. Purchase of research materials including books (note: purchases of IT equipment are not permitted);
  3. Funds to support operating expenses for a public event;
  4. Travel for research;
  5. Travel to present research findings or testimony to government or international agency groups.

Expectations of Grant Recipients

As a condition of accepting CSRE funds, recipients agree to the following:

  1. Recipients are expected to provide a report upon completing the project or no later than 13 months from the date of the initial award date, whichever is earlier. The report should address:
    • The major accomplishments of the funded research.
    • External funding arising from the grant.
    • Any difficulties encountered that interfered with project completion or acquisition of external funding.
  2.  Any CSRE grant funds not been used within 12 months of the initial award date.
  3. Recipients must appropriately acknowledge CSRE support in relevant publications, speaking, and promotional activities. Information on public display of the CSRE logo may be obtained from
  4. Upon request, recipients must be willing to participate in reviewing future CSRE grant proposals and are encouraged to participate in CSRE-sponsored events.

Application and Selection Process

  1. Selection Committee. Level 2 grant applications will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary committee of three or more CSRE representatives chaired by the CSRE director.
  2. Application Deadlines for Level 2 Grants:
    • Fall: submit no later than Nov 1, 2018 (with CSRE decision by November 21, 2018)
    • Spring: submit no later than February 15, 2019 (with CSRE decision by March 15, 2019)
    • CSRE will consider an out-of-sequence Level 2 proposal in only the most exceptional circumstances.
  3.  Application Procedures.  Applicants must apply through