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Funding Sources

Funding opportunity identification and dissemination is a key responsibility of Research Development. Research Development strives to provide timely notifications of both forecasted and active funding opportunities that are pertinent to the broad spectrum of research conducted at the College of Medicine. To that end, Research Development does the following on a daily basis:

  • Monitors several Penn State University listservs that distribute internal and external funding opportunity announcements
  • Conducts due diligence on funding opportunities received via listservs for numerous federal agencies – including, but not limited to the NIH, CDC, DoD, AHRQ, PCORI and SAMSHA
  • Works in close collaboration with Corporate and Foundation Relations to keep apprised of foundational and other philanthropic opportunities

Each week, Research Development compiles an email that captures internal opportunities as well as state, federal, foundational and other philanthropic opportunities. This weekly email is distributed broadly to faculty and research support staff at the College of Medicine.

Do you want to conduct your own funding search? Several funding search tools are available to help you identify both internal and external funding opportunities. Research Development has profiled several funding search engines that it uses to conduct funding searches for investigators at the College of Medicine. Please contact Research Development if you have questions about any of these tools.

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Request a Funding Search

Do you need additional help with your funding search? Faculty members can request a targeted funding search from Research Development. Research Development can be most helpful if the faculty member provides a project summary along with some specifics about the anticipated project timeline and funding needs. To request a targeted funding search – or for questions – please email Research Development at

Limited Submissions

At Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Research Development is responsible for identifying the grant applications that may be submitted to research sponsors who limit the number of applications they will consider from an institution.

Investigators who would like to apply to a “Limited Submission” grant program should notify Research Development of their interest as soon as possible by emailing

It is important that the institution comply with these limited submission requirements, as some sponsors will refuse to consider any applications from the institution if more than the allowed number are submitted.

Please see Penn State policy for additional information.

See University limited-submission funding opportunities through InfoReady