Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

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

  • Internal Grants — 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.
  • External Grants — 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 Guide - Competing for Research Funding — We have an institutional license for the eBook New Faculty Guide to Competing for Research Funding, What all new faculty need to know about finding funding and writing research proposals"

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.

Sadie Hauck

Sadie Hauck

Christine Orlando
Administrative Assistant


ORSP Resources
BU Institutional Review Board (IRB)
IACUC and Biosafety Committees
InfoReady Review
Research Forms

Academic Year 20/21 Internal Grant Deadlines

Title of Grant Type Deadlines Overview
Fall- Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities - Small Grant Program (budgets up to $3,500) Monday, October 26th

Budgets can range from $500-$3,500

NOW Open in InfoReady

View competition

Reassigned Time Competition, for release time in AY 2021-2022 Monday, December 14th To apply for release time for the 2021-2022 Academic Year.
Spring- Faculty Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Program (Small, Regular, and Start-Up Requests) Monday, March 15th
  • 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 2 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.


Undergraduate Research

Students stay busy with summer research

More than 25 student research projects were done this summer throughout the region and even overseas. Translating neglected Viking sagas, youth mental health with youth-led interventions and melanoma tumor cells are just a few of the topics being explored through Bloomsburg University’s annual Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity program. URSCA provides a stipend of up to $4,800 for a full-time project to students during the 12 weeks of the summer session. Twenty-seven students of varying majors spanning business to liberal arts to science and technology were awarded research grants this summer.

Several of the projects are being done far from campus, including abroad like Kirsten Snyder’s study of the effects of the Amazigh movement on the Amazigh women in Morocco and Arianna Ambrosio and Baily Gemberlings archeological fieldwork in Guatemala working with the Waka Archeological Project.