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Published on: Aug 30, 2018

The Center for Security Research and Education (CSRE) at Penn State is announcing its 2018-2019 Seed Grant Program to support security-related scholarship and educational programs at Penn State. University faculty and researchers are eligible to apply in the fall 2018 semester by Nov. 1, or in the spring 2019 semester by Feb. 15.

Grants up to $15,000 are available to Penn State faculty and research staff to support interdisciplinary research efforts or to facilitate educational activities that address the broad range of security challenges confronting society. Applicants may seek funding to address the threats currently facing individuals, families, physical and electronic infrastructure, food and water supplies, public health, or the natural environment, as well as the implications of society’s responses to these threats on economic well-being, civil liberties and culture.

Though all University faculty and researchers are eligible for grants, preference will be given to proposals that originate or include substantial participation from CSRE member units, which include the College of Agricultural Sciences, the Applied Research Laboratory, the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, the Institute for CyberScience, the Penn State Institutes for Energy and the Environment, the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, the College of Engineering, Penn State Harrisburg, the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, the College of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State Law and the School of International Affairs, the College of the Liberal Arts, and the Social Science Research Institute.

Preference will also be given to proposals that clearly reflect the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary security challenges, describe the objectives to be achieved, and include cost-sharing from additional Penn State units. Additionally, applicants who have previously received CSRE funding should provide evidence of positive outcomes from the prior award.

For research grants in particular, projects that may lead to additional, external funding and that involve junior faculty and/or students will be given preference. Educational program grants that promote awareness of security issues or enhance the curricular experience of Penn State students are also preferred.

Complete details on the CSRE grant program, including award levels, criteria, allowable expenses, reporting requirements, and the grant application are available on the CSRE website.  Applications should be submitted online at

The Center for Security Research and Education at Penn State promotes research, teaching and public outreach programs in the field of security. CSRE brings scholars from diverse disciplines together to pursue comprehensive solutions to security challenges. CSRE also promotes public discussion of the critical security issues of the day.