The SSRI provides resources for faculty to learn more about SSRI services and supports, and tips on how to obtain external funding in the social sciences.

1. Proposal Development and SSRI Services and Supports

The SSRI provides a range of research services to faculty at Penn State. To learn more about applying to SSRI’s pilot funding mechanisms, as well as the ten units that form the SSRI, download the slides below:

Proposal Development and SSRI Services and Supports Slides (ppt)


The SSRI RV is a resource available for researchers to facilitate future projects aimed at external funding. Currently, the RV is currently being used by Janet van Hell, professor of psychology and linguistics, in school locations to conduct neurocognitive research. In the past, the RV has also been used for outreach activities such as science fairs or research demonstrations.

Researchers who would like to reserve the RV can contact van Hell at Members of her lab can provide instructions on the operation of the RV, becoming a licensed driver, how to keep track of mileage, etc.

A White RV painted with white stars and a yellow planet on a blue background.

3. The Grant-Writing & Review Process at NIH

Learn about what NIH agencies look for when reviewing grant proposals. The slides provide information about developing innovative ideas and competitive research plans. Understanding the proposal development process will help to increase your chances for funding.

Grant-Writing and Review Process at NIH Slides (ppt)
Grant Writing for the NIH: Basics and Specific Tips for Success (ppt)
NIH Reviewer Template (pdf)

4. The Grant-Writing & Review Process at NSF

These slides provide information on developing ideas and research plans that NSF agencies look for when reviewing proposals.

Grant-Writing and Review Process at NSF Slides (ppt)
The NSF Grant Review Process: Some Practical Tips (ppt)
The Grant Process at the Institute of Education Sciences (ppt)
Having Success with NSF: A Practical Guide

5. Research to Policy Collaboration

These slides provide the basics on improving the use of research evidence in policy and how researchers can support evidence-based policy, presented by Taylor Scott from the Research to Policy Collaboration team (RPC)

Bridging Research and Policy (pdf)

6. NIH and NSF Biosketch Templates

NIH Biosketch Template (doc)
NSF Biosketch Template

7. International Research

IRB Brief Overview (pdf)

8. PROSPER Data Sharing for PSU Investigators:

PROSPER is a trial of substance use prevention that has followed 10,000 youth from 6th grade to 12th grade in 28 Iowa and Pennsylvania school districts. The main PROSPER trial was funded by three R01 grants from NIDA to assess dissemination of substance abuse prevention via community teams catalyzed by Cooperative Extension educators. Subsets of participants have participated in intensive in-home data collection, post-high school surveys in young adulthood, and salivary sampling for candidate genes. In addition to the youth and family data, community-level data were collected from schools, members of the prevention teams, and community informants. The study is a collaboration of Iowa State (Richard Spoth, PI; Cleve Redmond, co-I) and Penn State (Mark Greenberg, original PI; Mark Feinberg current PI; Janet Welsh, co-I). The PROSPER data are available for use by Penn State researchers through coordination with the PROSPER Executive Committee (EC). PSU researchers interested in using PROSPER data should contact Mark Feinberg ( or Janet Welsh ( More information about the available data and procedures can be found here: Prosper Data Sharing for PSU Investigators.

9. Dynamics of Homelessness Conference

Barrett Lee (Penn State), Marybeth Shinn (Vanderbilt), and Dennis Culhane (Penn) hosted a virtual conference on May 21-23 devoted to "The Dynamics of Homelessness: Trajectories and Policies". The conference consisted of 19 papers organized into the following thematic sessions: (1) homeless subpopulations and settings, (2) structural influences, (3) understanding trajectories, (4) interventions and their impacts, and (5) broader perspectives on policy. Selected papers from the event will be published in the January 2021 volume of the The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

More details about authors and paper topics are available in the conference program. Video recordings for each day of the conference can be found here. Please direct any questions to Barry Lee (