Welcome to the Office of Sponsored Research and Foundation Relations

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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. 

Services routinely provided by our office include: identifying funding opportunities; reviewing project fit with sponsor guidelines; creating proposal development timelines; assisting with proposal and budget development; facilitating and formalizing relationships with collaborative partners; initiating the internal approval process; and ensuring compliance for grantseekers with federal, state, and institutional regulations and policies. 

Our Directors serve as Authorized Organizational Representatives, conducting final review and submission for all proposals. The office is also available to assist with non-financial post-award management, serving as a liaison with funders, assisting with contract negotiation, providing support for extension and reallocation requests, and helping draft reports and track progress on institutional projects.

To get started, choose a category from the list below.

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Find funding

Link to grant and fellowship databases, Five-College funding opportunities, and OSRFR-curated lists of popular funding opportunities.

Get tools for finding external funding.

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Prepare your grant proposal 

We have resources to assist you with each step of your grant or fellowship application, and can help walk you through important internal policies and procedures, which are linked within the pages of this section. 

Get help preparing your proposal.

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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.

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Accepting, managing and reporting on your grant award

Review award terms, set up your grant account, share news of your award, charge expenses to the grant, and modify your funded project's timeline or budget, and report on your project.

Get set up to manage your award.

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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.