Sponsored Research is defined as all research and programs supported by external funding and received by Smith College on behalf of members of the college community, and for which the college is accountable. This does not include gifts or bequests to the college, student financial aid, or support for student projects unless the college is required to submit an application on a student's behalf and administer the award(s).
In addition to the Sponsored Research Office within the provost's office, two other offices on campus provide support for sponsored research at Smith: the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations and Grants Administration (within the Finance Office).
Frequently Asked Questions
Contact Marilyn Woodman in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations. This office assists faculty in identifying potential funding sources, both public and private, and, when requested, will review draft grant proposals and provide substantive editorial guidance.
There are two contacts as you prepare your proposal. Marilyn Woodman assists with proposal development and provides editorial guidance. Emily Robinson in the Sponsored Research Office assists with budget development and the grant submission process. Her work is overseen by Bill E. Peterson, associate provost, who serves as the director of sponsored research. You should work simultaneously with Marilyn and Emily, since they provide assistance on different aspects of the proposal process.
All external grant proposals must be reviewed and approved through the Sponsored Research Office before submission.Send an email to the Sponsored Research Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Contact Kate Wallen, Assistant Director of Grants Administration, for post-award services from grant fund setup through closeout. Kate works with Principal Investigators and administrative support staff to provide updates on grant funds, financial reporting, effort reporting, guidance on award terms and conditions, compliance, and oversight. David DeSwert, Associate Vice President for Finance, oversees this work.
Preparing Your Proposal
Policy on Outside Sources of Funding for Faculty Research (from the Faculty Code)
Conflict of Interest Policy (from the Employee Handbook)