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There are several small but effective competitive grant opportunities available to faculty for support of professional development and curricular enhancement activities.  See the URL listed for each of the programs for further information on how to apply.

Proposals for the Research, Professional, and Teaching Development Grants submissions are due by September 16, 2016 by 12pm (noon).  Undergraduate research stipends that are not linked to a Research or Professional Development Grant may be requested at any time by using the on-line application form.


Research Development Grant (RDG):

The Penn State DuBois Research Development Grant (RDG) program is a source of financial support for the research and scholarly activities of Penn State DuBois tenured and tenure track faculty members. It is intended to foster new research and scholarly activities, rather than to sustain established research programs.

Professional Development Grant (PDG):

The Professional Development Grant (PDG) program is a source of financial support for the developmental activities of non tenure-system faculty in the University College. It is intended to support faculty in their efforts to stay current in their discipline.

Teaching Development Grant (TDG):

The Teaching Development Grant (TDG) is designed to provide a source of financial support for the instructional activities of full-time faculty members in the University College.  It is intended to improve instruction and enhance the quality of teaching and learning.


Undergraduate Research Travel Grants (URTG):

These grants are provided through the Office of Undergraduate Education in concert with the colleges and academic departments and the Schreyer Honors College (when applicable), to support travel to nationally significant conferences where students have been invited/accepted to present the results of their research.  For access to forms and funding information please visit the Research Opportunities for Undergraduates / Office of Undergraduate Education site.


Short Course Travel Funds (SCTF):

This fund is provided through International Programs.  The purpose of these funds is to support faculty who wish to include international travel as one component in a course.  Awards vary in amounts and the funds may be used for both undergraduate and graduate student courses in any discipline.

Faculty Travel Funds (FTF):

This fund is provided through International Programs.  The purpose of these funds is to support faculty initiatives to internationalize courses.  The fund supports a variety of amounts for faculty traveling abroad, on a short term visit (1-4 weeks), who want to expand their teaching to include international materials by learning more about specific practices or places that require a visit to particular locations; who want to collect materials to be used in classes that could only be gathered by visiting the site; who want to make contacts or set up connections that will be used in future teaching; or, who have other creative ideas that require travel abroad to better internationalize the curriculum.  Information on these opportunities can be found at the International Programs website.


Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence (SITE) Grants:

SITE's mission is to advance and inspire excellence in Penn State’s teaching and learning community. To achieve this they do offer a variety of avenues to support Penn State faculty as they explore new teaching methods, exchange ideas with colleagues, and/or engage in national forums. They also collaborate with individuals or units who are pursuing support from external funding agencies for projects that have a curricular or pedagogical focus and that inform undergraduate education practices at Penn State.


 Program Innovation Fund:

This innovative program development initiative serves as a catalyst to strengthen and expand the University's outreach activity, particularly that activity which can be self-sustaining. The specific goals of the fund include the following:  1) to facilitate innovative program development that enhances the quality or delivery of Penn State Outreach programming in new and innovative ways; 2) to support programs that address unmet educational needs and serve new audiences or existing audiences in new ways; 3) to provide for program ventures that generate sufficient revenue to recover full costs; 4) to develop sustainable outreach programs that address the strategic goals of the academic colleges and Outreach units; and 5) to leverage funding for programs from sources external to the University

 Outreach Partnership Fund:

The primary purpose of this fund is to provide seed funding to support collaborative needs assessment, program development and program delivery projects among Penn State Outreach and Cooperative Extension units. The goal is to increase outreach programming and benefit Pennsylvania citizens, organizations and communities.