Welcome to the Office of Sponsored Research and Foundation Relations

Five Logos for each step in the grant process The Amherst College Office of Sponsored Research and Foundation Relations (OSRFR) helps faculty members find external funding to advance their research and teaching. It also pursues foundation and government grants to support college programs and priorities. In both roles, the office works closely with the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty and the Research Administrator in the Controller’s Office.

The Grant Process

We can help you through each stage of the grant process, whether you're ready to find and apply for grants or want support while stewarding your post-award relationship with a funder. To get started, choose a category from the list below.

A purple circle with a piece of paper and a magnifying glass Find funding

Learn about grants, fellowships, and Five-College requests for proposals (RFPs) with grant databases and our own lists.

Get tools for finding external funding.

A green circle with a piece of paper and a pen logo Prepare your grant proposal 

The Office of Sponsored Research and Foundation Relations has resources to assist you with each step of your grant or fellowship application, from confirming eligibility to constructing your draft budget.

Get help preparing your proposal.

An orange circle with a piece of paper and a checkbox logo Get internal approvals

Applications for grant awards that will be administered by the college require a pre-submission review.

Get started with the internal review process.

A blue circle with two hands holding a flower with a dollar sign Manage your grant award

Set up your grant account, charge expenses to the grant, and modify your funded project's timeline or budget.

Get set up to manage your award.

A gray circle with a presentation easel showing charts Report on grant-sponsored activities

Reporting on grant deliverables is crucial, both for your relationship to a funder and for others in the Amherst community who may apply for similar grants in the future.

Get resources for grant reporting.

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Resources for Specific Funders

We've provided links to specific funding resources, including ACLS, NEA, NEH, NIH, NSF and Guggenheim proposals.