Liberal Arts Research and Graduate Studies Office (RGSO)

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Helpful Links

RGSO Proposal Notification Form - PIs can use this easy to complete form to tell the Grants & Contracts Office about an upcoming grant proposal.

Faculty Research Portal - PIs: you can sign in to see your PSU research portfolio.

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

Graduate Resources - In addition to assistantships and/or fellowships, grad students can check here for additional funding and enhancement opportunities. 

 

Creativity, Productivity, Grant Activity!

The Liberal Arts Research and Graduate Studies Office (RGSO) assists faculty by helping them submit grant proposals and manage grant and contract funds. We are especially committed to working with faculty new to the grant writing process and showing them how easy and rewarding the process can be.

Penn State is currently ranked sixth in federal dollars for social and behavioral science research. Most importantly, research done by faculty in Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts has positive effects on the lives of people everywhere, thus fulfilling the promise of a land grant university and achieving the highest aspirations of scholarly work.

Scott Bennett
Associate Dean for Research

Leadership by the Numbers

320+ proposals submitted each year80+ number of different agencies that provide funding

Services We Provide

We are customer-focused, user-friendly office. If you need something you do not see here, give us a call and we will help you find it.

Pre-award services

Proposal Preparation and Submission

We work with you to prepare budgets and supporting documentation, including securing cost sharing, assisting with proposal preparation and submission, ensuring proposals meet agency guidelines, reviewing proposals for grammar, obtaining required signatures, and with budget revisions if requested by funding agencies.

Post-award services

Managing Grant Funds and Ensuring Compliance

We interface with the University's Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Accounting to set up budget accounts, update SIMS budgets at the time of award, administer subawards and subcontracts, manage grants and ensure cost accounting office compliance. We also track cost-sharing, monitor academic year salary distributions to grants, manage account termination and closeouts, and assist departmental personnel in the interpretation of Uniform Guidance and Sponsors' Terms and Conditions.

Other services

We notify faculty of important changes in federal grant policies, provide grants and contracts training to departmental staff, provide startup funds to junior faculty, host an annual Researcher Appreciation Reception, etc.

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