Criminal Justice Research Center Seed Funding and Enhanced Seed Funding Program

The CJRC has for many years offered an annual seed funding program intended to assist PSU faculty (including Commonwealth Campuses) to pursue external funding by (1) buying out an investigator’s time, (2) supporting project-specific research meetings or workshops, (3) providing research personnel support (CJRC, Graduate, and Undergraduate wages and salaries), (4) collecting pilot data, and (5) other research-related activities in the areas of criminal justice and criminology. We strongly encourage interdisciplinary research and collaboration between units within Penn State.

The regular CJRC seed funding program has traditionally offered support of up to $7,500. In 2021, thanks to support to the CJRC from the Penn State Social Science Research Institute, we are able to offer an Enhanced Seed Grant program with awards of up to $20,000.  Please note that this funding line is separate from the regular CJRC seed grant program, which is still being offered under a separate announcement. 

Please go to the following link for more information about the regular seed funding program (up to $7,500) and for the Seed Funding Submission Form:

Penn State Criminal Justice Research Center (CJRC) Seed Funding Program Announcement and Submission Form – 2021 (due October 31)”

Please go to the following link for more information about the Enhanced seed funding program (up to $20,000) and for the Enhanced Seed Funding Submission Form (due November 7):

“Penn State Criminal Justice Research Center (CJRC) ENHANCED Seed Funding Program Announcement and Submission Form – 2021”

We encourage you to apply for either of these, which are open to faculty across the university.   Please contact the CJRC Managing Director Gary Zajac at gxz3@psu.edu with any questions. 

We look forward to reading your proposals.