Sponsored Programs

Sponsored Programs is a division of research that oversees all grant-related activity. Sponsored program administration facilitates the grant process and mediates among the interests of the institution, sponsor and faculty. Core functions include both pre-award and post-award services.


Includes proposal assistance, review and approval.

  • Editorial support, budget development, locating funding for a project, assistance with compliance issues and knowledge of agency specific requirements


  • Subaward and suprecipient monitoring
  • Financial reporting and invoicing (financial services)
  • Accounts receivable management, collections and cash management
  • Cost compliance
  • Effort reporting and certification
  • Rebudgeting, contract modifications, no-cost extensions and PI transfers
  • Independent audits and financial reviews
  • Internal audits and internal controls
  • Award closeouts

Sponsored Programs Resources

Finding Funding

Federal Funding Sources

Grants.Gov is a single, comprehensive website that will contain information on all federal grant programs. It allows organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all federal grant-making agencies. Information is standardized across agencies and a search tool is available to locate funding opportunities. Researchers can also receive notification of future grant opportunities.

National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation funds research and education in most fields of science and engineering. It does this through grants, and cooperative agreements to more than 2,000 colleges, universities, K-12 school systems, businesses, informal science organizations and other research organizations throughout the United States. The Foundation accounts for about one-fourth of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.

National Institutes of Health
NIH is the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world, investing more than $32 billion a year to enhance life, and reduce illness and disability. NIH-funded research has led to breakthroughs and new treatments, helping people live longer, healthier lives, and building the research foundation that drives discovery.

US Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

ED was created in 1980 by combining offices from several federal agencies. ED’s 4,400 employees and $68 billion budget are dedicated to:

  • Establishing policies on federal financial aid for education, and distributing as well as monitoring those funds.
  • Collecting data on America’s schools and disseminating research.
  • Focusing national attention on key educational issues.
  • Prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education.

US Department of States
The U.S. Department of State’s mission is to shape and sustain a peaceful, prosperous, just, and democratic world and foster conditions for stability and progress for the benefit of the American people and people everywhere.

Private Funding Sources

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit grantmaking institution based in New York City. Established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., then-President and Chief Executive Officer of the General Motors Corporation, the Foundation makes grants in support of original research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and economic performance.

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation
The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation provides grants to researchers and non-profit research institutions in chemistry and the life sciences, to promote scientific discoveries and particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that will open up new avenues of research. Each of the Foundation’s program areas are described below. The Foundation does not consider proposals that fall outside of these programs.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund’s grantmaking strategies support biomedical scientists at the beginning of their careers and areas of science that are poised for significant advancement but are currently undervalued and underfunded.

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust
The M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust seeks to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest by providing grants and enrichment programs to nonprofit organizations that seek to strengthen the region’s educational, spiritual, and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways.

Pew Charitable Trusts
Pew has a decades-long commitment to support groundbreaking research by promising early-career biomedical scientists in the United States and Latin America. Pew’s multiyear grants encourage informed risk-taking and collaboration among researchers.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supports research and programs throughout the nation which are working to build a Culture of Health.

W.M. Keck Foundation
In recent years, the W.M Keck Foundation has focused on Science and Engineering Research; Medical Research; Undergraduate Education; and Southern California. Each of Keck’s grant programs invests in people and programs that are making a difference in the quality of life, now and for the future. Supporting pioneering discoveries in science, engineering and medical research has been Keck’s mandate for a half-century.

Other Sources

The Foundation Center
Established in 1956, Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed.

Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level.