Partnership announced between Commonwealth Campuses and shared facilities

October 31, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Office of the Vice President for Research at Penn State has announced the launch of a new program to support increased usage of shared core facilities and services by faculty at the Commonwealth Campuses. 

The Commonwealth Campuses Research Collaboration Development Program (RCD) expects to provide 20 awards of up to $10,000 in 2018. Goals of the program include building the foundation for collaborative research environment, and building relationships between researchers at University Park and the College of Medicine and faculty/students at Commonwealth Campuses. All full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty members at Penn State’s Commonwealth Campuses are eligible to apply.   

"We are extremely excited to launch this collaboration program to not only support excellent ongoing research at our Commonwealth Campuses, but also to further strengthen the collaborative relationships among investigators, technical staff and students at Penn State," said Shashank Priya, associate vice president for research and director of strategic initiatives. "I hope to see an increase in collaborative proposals and high-impact publications through this program."

Additional goals of the program include accelerating research and strengthening opportunities for Commonwealth Campus researchers to generate high-quality publications and proposals, and to increase their opportunities to engage with funding agencies and industry.

Shared core facilities and services available for use through the RCD are listed here:

The application process includes two phases. The first phase includes a concept paper, which may be submitted from Oct. 26, 2018, through March 1, 2019. 

Two informational sessions will be held at Penn State Altoona and Penn State Behrend:

  • Session 1: Nov. 8, noon-1 p.m. at Penn State Behrend in Burke 236. This presentation will also be webcast at or participants can listen by telephone by dialing 646-876-9923.
  • Session 2: Nov. 29, noon-1 p.m. at Penn State Altoona in the Mountain View room of the Port Sky Cafe.

The complete details of the program along with instructions on how to submit proposals are available at For questions on this program, please contact Michelle Hutnik, director of research analytics and communications in the Office of the Vice President for Research, at

The program was created in partnership with the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, the Office of the Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses, the College of Medicine, the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, the College of Engineering, the Eberly College of Science, the College of Health Human Development, the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, the Institutes of Energy and the Environment, the Materials Research Institute, the Institute for CyberScience and the Social Science Research Institute. The most up-to-date list of participants can be found on the RCD home page

Last Updated June 06, 2021