The Institute for Public Service and Sponsored Programs is organized to facilitate the process of submitting applications for extramural funding to conduct a variety of research, training, and scholarly activities through faculty and center projects.  The office staff promotes research and scholarly activity across campus, provides assistance to faculty applying for funds, fosters communication between the University and agencies, oversees institutional compliance with University and grantor policies, assists with project implementation and oversees project closeout.  These activities are designed to support the research and public service component of the mission of Shippensburg University. 


The Institute for Public Service offers grant search services through the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) electronic database, federal websites, AASCU Office of Federal Program Deadlines and Reports, and the Institute for Public Service grant information library. Services include: 

Information dissemination on funding opportunities 
  • Assistance in developing an idea into a workable project 
  • Review of concept papers 
  • Proposal assistance with budget preparation, narrative editing and acquisition of application materials 
  • Compliance verification for federal grant regulations such as human subject protection, animal care and use, conflict of interest disclosure, drug-free workplace, and certifications regarding lobbying, debarment, suspension, and other responsibility matter assurance 
  • Coordination of proposal transmittal sign off by principal investigators, chairs/directors, deans, and provost prior to submission to funding agencies 
  • Budget and contract negotiation with funding agencies on behalf of the university and document review prior to acceptance 
  • Technical assistance in preparing project budgets and identifying appropriate funding levels 
  • Assistance with reviewing and interpreting funding agency guidelines 
  • Review and interpretation of proposal evaluation comments with proposers 
  • Assistance in the implementation of the project upon approval 
  • Aid in project closeout and final audits 
  • File maintenance on all active proposals and awards 
  • Staff

     Christopher Wonders, Director

     Pamela Bucher, Office Associate

     Diane Musser, Clerk Associate





    Student Research Grant Program Details

    • Undergraduate Research Grant Program (UGR)
      • Accepting proposals beginning 9/8/15
      • Application deadline 10/9/15 by 5:00 PM
      • Awards announced first week of November 2015

      • Graduate Research Grant Program (GR)
        • Award funding will be split between semesters
        • Fall - Accepting Applications 9/8/15 thru 12/8/15
        • Spring - Accepting Applications 1/19/16 thru 4/16/16
        • Proposals will be accepted until the available funding per semester has been awarded.  

      Minds@Work Conference

      • 4/19/2016 - Save the date!
      • Registration opens 1/11/16
      • Registration deadline 2/23/16
      • Formerly the Celebration of Student Research.


      Contact Us

      Institute for Public Service & Sponsored Programs
      Old Main 202
      Phone -- (717) 477-1251
      FAX -- (717) 477-4053
      E-mail -- ipssp@ship.edu  


      Christopher Wonders, Director 

      Pamela Bucher, Office  Associate 


      Sponsored Programs
      Student Research
      Public Services