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Sponsored Programs

The Office of Sponsored Programs provides expertise and guidance to faculty in the pursuit of external grant funding from private corporate and foundation sponsors or government agencies, both local and federal.

Our office can help to identify potential sponsors, develop the proposal and budget, assist with obtaining internal approvals, and submit the proposal to the sponsor. We will also provide assistance with award management once proposals are funded.

Grant Workshops

Council on Undergraduate Research
CUR Dialogues 2018: "A Sense of Mission: Pursuing Funding in Challenging Times"
Feb. 15-17, 2018, Arlington, Virginia

The conference will bring together higher education faculty, staff and administrators with federal agency program officers and other grant funders, and will feature networking opportunities, mock panels on National Science Foundation programs and keynote speeches from Washington insiders.

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Ongoing Federal Grant Programs

National Institutes of Health

  • Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA) support meritorious research, exposes undergraduate students to hands-on research in eligible environments and strengthens the research environment of schools that have not been major recipients of NIH support. Standard submission deadlines are Feb. 25, June 25 and Oct. 25 of each year.

National Science Foundation

  • Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) and Research Opportunity Awards (ROA) support faculty research at predominantly undergraduate institutions. RUIs support research that engages faculty in their professional field(s), build capacity for research at the home institution and support the integration of research and undergraduate education. ROAs also support faculty research, but typically allow faculty to work as visiting scientists at research-intensive organizations where they collaborate with other NSF-supported investigators. Submission deadlines vary by program.
  • Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) awards increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in institutions of higher education and nonprofit scientific/engineering research organizations. Awards support the acquisition or development of a multi-user research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. The proposal submission window is Jan. 29 through Feb. 5, 2018.
  • The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program offers the foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages proposals from early-career faculty at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply. Proposals are due in mid-July each year.