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Award Types

There are five primary types of funding instruments: gifts, unrestricted grants, grants and cooperative agreements, contracts, and master agreements. Please visit our Award Types page for more information.

MyResearch Portal

Don’t forget to utilize MyResearch Portal! It provides Principal Investigators with real-time, web-based access to administrative data associated with their sponsored research.

SIMS Budgets

If you would like to create your own SIMS budget draft, please click here. Please email if you would like to request a quick reference guide to create a SIMS budget yourself.

Previous Research Matters Workshop Materials and Videos

A collection of training videos and PowerPoint documents. Penn State login required.

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Facilities and Resources

For information about Penn State’s core facilities and instrumentation, please click here.

Office of Sponsored Programs

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) provides central coordination and oversight of Penn State sponsored projects.

This includes processing proposals and negotiating resultant grants, contracts, and other agreements. All agreements are reviewed to confirm that the terms and conditions:

  • protect the interests of Penn State faculty members and students,
  • protect Penn State's institutional interests,
  • are consistent with Penn State's policies and mission statement, and
  • are consistent with all applicable state and federal laws.

After agreements are put in place, OSP coordinates efforts with research administrators across Penn State to ensure that all sponsored funds are administered in accordance with the agreed upon terms and conditions.



The Office of Engineering Research Administration (OERA) serves the research administration needs of faculty and graduate students in the College of Engineering. We are responsible for direct support and assistance to faculty in proposal development, preparation and processing; grant and contract administration; and coordination of activities with University and sponsor offices.

Office of Engineering Research Administration

112 Hammond Building

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University Park, PA 16802-4710