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Grants & Sponsored Research

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Grants & Sponsored Research at Smith College facilitates the efforts of faculty and staff to develop and achieve their goals in research, instructional, creative and service activities through successful competition for external funding. We promote research integrity and oversee external funds.

News & Announcements

New Grant from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

Michael Barresi, professor of biological sciences, has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation to support research using advanced light-sheet microscopy tools and interdisciplinary data sciences collaborations.  Smith is one of eight institutions to receive the grant, which aims to increase access by scientists to state-of-the-art instruments. Barresi and Smith co-researchers Nathan Derr, associate professor of biological sciences, and Ben Baumer, associate professor of statistical and data sciences, will collaborate with Five College students across disciplines, and with some 20 laboratories in the Pioneer Valley. The light-sheet microscope and computing power are one-of-a-kind in the region and have the potential to serve as a future nexus of innovation.

Grants & Sponsored Research Address

Please note that the team members for Grants & Sponsored Research are all now located at 76 Elm Street.

External Grants Awarded

Learn about external grants awarded for the 2021-22 academic year.



Where To Go For Assistance

Finding Opportunities

  • Identify potential funders
  • Assist with proposal concept development
  • Connect grant-seekers with resources
  • Edit and provide feedback 
Corporate & Foundation Relations

Preparing Your Proposal

  • Help develop budgets and other materials
  • Assist with review and approval prior to submission
  • Provide guidance on policies
  • Process grant proposal form
Sponsored Research

Managing Your Award

  • Award review and set up
  • Monitor grant activity
  • Assist with grant reporting
  • Ensure compliance with sponsor and college policies
Grants Administration


Lisa Stoffer
Director of Sponsored Research and Grants

Patti Thornton
Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Emily Robinson
Associate Director of Sponsored Research

Kate Wallen
Assistant Director of Grants Administration



Resources for Seeking Grants




Grants & Sponsored Research
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Smith College
Northampon, MA 01063