Sponsored Research

The Office of Sponsored Research

The Office of Sponsored Research manages the pre-award administrative process, provides information on external funding sources, answers questions and provides clarification on and compliance with sponsored research policies for Wellesley College’s externally funded grants. The Assistant Provost and Director serves as the liaison between faculty, college administrators, and funding agencies.

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Pre-award process: idea exploration, prospect research, proposal development, application submission, award negotiation. The post-award process: contract acceptance, project management, compliance monitoring, continuity planning, grant closeout.

The Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) services include:


Funding Sources

We subscribe to external databases Pivot and Grants.gov which are the industry leading sources of information on grants and research opportunities. The funding sources page provides instructions on how to use the databases.   

Additionally, we can conduct individual funding searches in connection with upcoming sabbatical leaves, new or continuing research, programs or projects by request.


Proposal Development 

  • obtain and provide sponsor guidelines and application forms
  • interpret and clarify sponsor and college policies
  • assist faculty to prepare grant proposal and budget
  • obtain college approvals and signatures
  • submit proposal
  • status follow up on pending proposals
  • assist in the negotiation of awards and execution of contracts

Compliance 

Compliance includes the following:


Ancillary Research Agreements & Issues 


Post-Award Services (PAS) services include:

Post-Award Management 

Post-Award Services (PAS) manages the post-award financial process, sets up new awards, answers questions and ensures compliance with sponsored research policies for Wellesley College’s externally funded grants. The Director of Post-Award Services serves as the liaison between faculty, college administrators, and funding agencies regarding post-award financial management.

Post-award grant management includes the following:

  • establish and manage grant accounts (assigns Worktag)
  • provide monthly reports to PI
  • invoicing
  • financial reporting
  • extensions
  • closeout procedures