Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs


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

The ORSP provides a customer service environment by providing leadership, resources, information, and guidance. ORSP aligns with the University’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 and staff interested in pursuing external funding are encouraged to contact the ORSP at the earliest stage of project development. However, you are 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. The University 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
Director of Research and SponsoredPrograms
shauck@bloomu.edu
570-389-4209

Joann Kreisher

Joann Kreisher
Administrative Assistant
IRB Administrator
jkreishe@bloomu.edu
570-389-4322

Undergraduate Research

Students stay busy with summer research

More than 30 student research projects were done this summer throughout the region and even overseas. Pennsylvania’s bootleg coal rebellion, the effects of beetle infestation and in-home Internet hacking 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 $6,000 for a full-time project to students during the 12 weeks of summer session. Thirty-two 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 David Falacko’s study of new musical styles with master musicians at the Royal College of Music in London and Rachel Yenney’s work as a research intern in the Laboratoire de Physique des Lasers in Paris. Facia Sirleaf’s study of Sub-Saharan immigration in Morocco was actually a year in the making and inspired by her own personal journey as a child.