Shippensburg University has contributed to the intellectual and cultural climate of the Cumberland Valley since 1871. Over the years the university has focused on teaching, research, and public service and has experienced remarkable change and growth. In an effort to enhance its public service mission, the university established the Institute for Public Service and Sponsored Programs in 1983 to develop and coordinate its public service mission--focusing on the economic well being and quality of life in the region.
Shippensburg University is committed to research and public service under its mission statement. The Institute for Public Service supports this activity through its grant programs for research, scholarly and creative activities and by creating an environment conducive to scholarly achievement. The Institute for Public Service is organized to facilitate the process of submitting applications for extramural funding to conduct a variety of research, training, and scholarly activities. Office staff helps to:
- Promote research and scholarly activity across campus
- Provide assistance to faculty applying for funds
- Foster communication between the university and funding agencies
- Oversee institutional compliance with university and grantor policies
- Assist with project implementation
- Oversee 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 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