Research Sponsors

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania supports selected public health initiatives including health research programs, service delivery programs for special populations, and projects that contribute to economic development. Approximately 10% of sponsored project funding at Penn State/Hershey comes from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of General Services manages a centralized procurement process for the Commonwealth.

Department of Health
In 2001, Act 77 directed the Pennsylvania Department of Health to establish a health research program to support clinical, health services, and biomedical research. Act 77 established two types of health research grants – formula grants and competitive grants- to support research priorities established by the Department of Health in consultation with their Health Research Advisory Committee. Additional information regarding the Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement (CURE) Program is available at their website.

Information regarding other initiatives of the Pennsylvania Department of Health is available at

Department of Community and Economic Development
The Commonwealth is making a major strategic investment in developing and attracting new life science companies. This expanded life science activity represents an extension of research that was initially carried out at Penn State and other major universities and institutions. An overview of these initiatives is available at their website.

To capitalize on existing strengths and transform Pennsylvania into a major center for the life sciences, the Commonwealth created the PA Life Sciences Greenhouse Initiative. A one-time investment of $100 million from the Tobacco Settlement into this initiative holds the promise of significant economic and health benefits for Pennsylvanians and beyond. Information regarding the Life Science Greenhouse of Central Pennsylvania and related grant opportunities is available at their website.