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Pennsylvania Research Grant and Mini Grant Programs

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Center for Rural Pennsylvania
Letter of Intent (Required): Apr 22, 2019
Application: Aug 26, 2019

Mary Kandray Gelenser


The Center for Rural Pennsylvania provides grants for rural policy research.

One year research grants will be awarded to conduct applied policy research or to identify local strategies that can result in legislative or program policy considerations and recommendations.

Rural health related priority research topics include:

  • Coroner and medical examiner services
  • Examination of the substance abuse treatment workforce
  • Analysis of current rural and urban differences in Police Department budgeting, staffing, and equipment, attitudes on regionalization, and responses to the opioid crisis
  • Access to mental healthcare
  • Aging and the economy
  • Access to maternity and obstetric services

Nine month mini grants will be awarded to projects that focus on basic data collection/analysis, timely issues, and/or the preparation of reference materials. Rural health related priority mini grant research topics include:

  • Strategies and programs that can assist communities experiencing population decline in maintaining and improving the quality of life for residents
  • Analysis of rural women on measures of educational achievement, healthcare access, economic status, and other relevant demographic and socioeconomic indicators
  • Research to assist school personnel in identifying issues, including mental health and the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, that may be barriers to student success
  • Analysis of rural and urban public school transportation
  • Analyze and inventory suicide prevention and counseling programs and services to assess availability for rural and urban residents
  • Research focused on measuring the effectiveness of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs and services

Eligible applicants are qualified faculty members of Pennsylvania State University, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities, and the regional campuses of the University of Pittsburgh. Partnerships with other academic institutions, community organizations, and public and private agencies are encouraged.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Research grants: Up to $50,000 for a one year project period

Mini grants: Up to $15,000 for a 9 month project period

Application process

Links to additional guidance and application forms are available on the program website.

Submit a letter of intent by April 22, 201. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal with a deadline of August 26, 2019.

Letters of intent may be submitted by:

Mail or delivery:
Mary Kandray Gelenser
Program Manager for Grants
The Center for Rural Pennsylvania
625 Forster St., Room 902
Harrisburg, PA 17120



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