Sponsored Programs

Sponsored Programs

Sponsored Programs is the institutional office that assists with the preparation and submission of proposals for project funding from external entities. It is the university office delegated to provide institutional endorsements for these proposals to the external funding agencies. The pages below contain information that will be useful as proposals are prepared for external sponsors. If you are unable to find, or have difficulty finding any information that you need in conjunction with preparing a proposal to a potential external sponsor, please contact us using the information at the bottom of the page.

The Sponsored Programs Office will also review funding agreements from external sponsors, go over those agreements with the Principal Investigator and other key university personnel, negotiate with the sponsor any necessary changes to the agreements, and once finalized sign the agreement on behalf of the university.

Contact: Dr. Michael Warnock, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs, warn8315@stthomas.edu or 651-962-6038.

For Faculty

What We Do

The Sponsored Programs Office supports student and faculty research by:

  • assisting faculty and staff as they prepare grant and contract proposals to external agencies;
  • providing institutional endorsement on proposals to external agencies,
  • reviewing, negotiating and executing awards to the University of St. Thomas in support of projects.

How We Support Faculty

The Sponsored Programs Office supports scholarly inquiry in a number of important ways.   At the core of our mission is a commitment to assist faculty and staff as they seek funding from external agencies to support research, curricular enhancement and reform, and partnerships with communities outside of the University of St. Thomas.

If you are a faculty or staff member at the University of St. Thomas, we can help you

  • find sources of funding from among governmental agencies by tapping online search engines and other resources
  • access and manage online submission engines that state and federal agencies commonly use (Grants.gov, NIH eRA Commons, NSF Fastlane, and others);
  • understand and interpret complex agency guidelines and solicitations
  • develop budgets for grant proposals that are accurate and constructed in a way that is consistent with agency guidelines and institutional policies
  • secure and document the commitment of internal resources in support of sponsored projects
  • navigate the internal review and approval process that is required of all proposals prior to their submission to an external sponsor
  • conduct follow-up communications with sponsors, interpret reviewers' comments, and position you to re-apply when a proposal is not funded.

Which Office Can Help Me?

The University of St. Thomas has two offices that support faculty and staff with proposals directed to external funding agencies. You may contact either office with an initial request, and the two offices will communicate and coordinate as necessary to support your proposal.

Sponsored Programs Office

Governmental Agencies

The Sponsored Programs Office assists faculty and staff who are interested in developing grant and contract proposals for submission to state and federal governmental granting agencies. We work with you to identify sources of funding, review and interpret agency guidelines, develop proposal budgets, commit internal cash matching funds, edit narrative text, navigate the internal approval process, and send proposals to the agencies.

Corporate and Foundation Relations

Private Sources of Funding

Corporate and Foundation Relations helps faculty and staff who are seeking external support from private (non-governmental) sources. Contact Lori Williamson (interim director) at lwilliamson@stthomas.edu or at (651) 962-6949 for assistance.

Proposal Development

The Sponsored Programs Office provides considerable support to faculty and staff seeking funding from external agencies.  Once you have identified a grant program to which you want to submit an application, the office can help you interpret the agency guidelines, prepare your budget, provide general institutional information for inclusion in your narrative and appendices, proofread and provide critical feedback on your narrative text, and guide you through the internal approval process.