The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) provides leadership and support to the University of Northern Colorado community in the acquisition and management of funding for research and scholarship, creative activities, instructional programs, and service and outreach activities. We strive to provide the highest quality service while protecting the interests and integrity of scholars and researchers, and of the University.

The Grant Spotlight


UNC Sponsored Research Fellows, 2014-2015

Through a competitive application process, the Office of Research and the Office of Sponsored Programs have selected the university's first cohort of Sponsored Research Fellows. The eleven Fellows will participate for two years in this new initiative that is designed to support them in learning best practices in grantsmanship, perfecting their skills for planning and writing high quality grant proposals for external funding, and giving them the expertise to mentor other faculty to become successful grant writers.

The ten Sponsored Research Fellows for 2014/2015 are:

Fellows who fully participate in program activities and complete the phased program expectations will receive awards consisting of a $5,000 stipend for the summer of 2014; a course release during fall semester 2014; and after January 2015, following a successful external proposal submission, a $2,000 research and travel award to cover costs related to the Fellows' research and grant seeking.

Throughout the program, each Fellow will be paired with an OSP staff member; and during the first year, with an instructor/mentor from the Grantsmanship Center (TGCI) and a subject-matter expert mentor of the Fellow's choosing. During the summer of 2014, Fellows will participate on campus in three days of intensive training, one-on-one instruction and team-building, to be followed with an additional six months' of distance mentoring during the development of their grant proposals. Then all of the mentors will provide an in-depth review and critique of each Fellow's proposal.

Early Spring semester of 2015, Fellows will participate in two days of intensive training in proposal review, and will then read each other's proposals and critique them in mock review sessions facilitated by the TGCI instructors.

Each Fellow is to complete and submit at least one high-quality, competitive grant proposal by the end of the program.