Liberal Arts Research and Graduate Studies Office (RGSO)

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Helpful Links

Proposal Notification Form - Easily tell us about an upcoming grant proposal.

Penn State myResearch Portal - Individualized PSU research portfolio.

Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) - Coordination of PSU sponsored projects.

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

Academic Integrity - Resources to aid both faculty and students in understanding and properly engaging the College’s academic integrity policy and procedures.


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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 by the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) 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
Senior 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 a customer-focused, user-friendly office. If you need something you do not see here, please give us a call and we will help you find it.

Pre-award services

Proposal Preparation and Submission

We work with faculty, postdocs, and graduate students 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 (OSP) 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. Please see also, OSP's post-award website.

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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