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Office of Sponsored Projects & Research

Putnam Science Center

Finding Funding

Who might be interested in funding my research/creative project?

This is often the first question faculty pose as they begin the grant writing process. OSPR is here to help you answer this question using a variety of online tools. More about Finding Funding

Preparing your proposal

OSPR is here to provide consultation and technical assistance as you prepare your proposal. We strive to provide individualized assistance—which means the manner in which we assist you throughout the process will depend upon your unique needs and prior grant-writing experience. The single most important thing you can do to make this a successful collaboration is to meet with OSPR early in the process so that we may determine an appropriate plan for assisting you. In this section you will find common ways in which OSPR assists in the process—please discuss these or any other needs you might have with us. More about Preparing your proposal

Routing your proposal

When submitting a proposal to an external sponsor it is important to note that awards are almost always made to the institution rather than to the individual faculty member. KSC acts as the fiscal agent and is responsible for making certain the terms of the award are fulfilled. Therefore, all proposals must undergo an institutional approval process in which the proposal is routed for sign-off by the following individuals prior to submission:

  • Principal Investigator (PI)
  • Co-Investigators (Keene State College faculty who will also be devoting time/effort to the project)
  • Department Chair(s) of the PI and Co-Investigators
  • Dean(s) of the PI and Co-Investigators
  • Director of OSPR
  • Vice President (Typically the Provost for faculty-led proposal).

OSPR will assist in the routing process by preparing a proposal folder containing all necessary materials and by shepherding the folder around campus for signature. The following items should be provided to OSPR one week in advance to begin the process:

  • Proposal Routing Form(OSPR will assist you in completing this)
  • KSC Internal Budget Sheet (OSPR will assist you in completing this)
  • Documentation of any cost-share/matching fund commitments (e.g., email from units on campus committing funds)
  • Proposal documents as required by the sponsor
Although it is possible to begin the routing process with a near-complete draft of the proposal narrative, the budget should be in final form before routing it for signatures.

Submitting your proposal

Before an application for a grant to a government agency, foundation, corporation, or other entity can be submitted, it must be routed for approval and submitted to the Office of Sponsored Projects and Research (OSPR).

Applicants are encouraged to begin the approval process well in advance of the proposal deadline. The College reserves the right to withdraw applications that have not received institutional endorsements prior to submission. If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact OSPR.

Sponsor guidelines will usually dictate the how your proposal is to be submitted.

For paper (hardcopy) submissions, OSPR is happy to submit your application to the sponsor on your behalf, covering any associated shipping costs.

Many sponsors now have electronic submission systems. OSPR is happy to interact with these submission systems for you, uploading your required information and documents. Some submission systems allow only the Authorize Organizational Representative (AOR) to submit proposals, and require an institutional registration in advance. For most of these systems, OSPR is already registered. Contact OSPR if you have questions.

Contact the Office of Sponsored Projects and Research

Please visit our staff page for a directory of contacts for various sponsored projects and research functions.

March 21, 2018 –

Thinking about applying for a Fulbright? The KSC Office of Sponsored Projects & Research is hosting a Fulbright Roundtable on Monday, May 14th, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Huntress 12. Dr. Shirley McLoughlin, who has reviewed many Fulbright applications in the past years, as well as several other…

September 26, 2017 –

We are pleased to make you aware of the following grant-writing workshops available to our faculty. OSPR workshops for faculty are listed on the Faculty Staff Training Website and you may register there unless otherwise indicated.

Faculty Workshop: Write Winning NIH Grant Proposals ; Date: Friday, December 15, 2017; Time…

September 26, 2017 –

In 2010 and 2014, CMC/DH compiled lists of priority topics that would have clinical and community health partners available to link with academic faculty and students for possible research. The backdrop of the Healthy Monadnock Initiative has us particularly interested to partner with others to pursue community-based participatory research that…

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