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Office of Sponsored Programs and Research

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The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (OSPR) has a dedicated team of professionals whose mission is to support students and faculty members in their work of scholarship and research.

Located on the first floor of the Dawson Center on the Greenspring Campus, we offer a host of resources and activities to help students and faculty members advance their scholarship and research interests.

Stevenson University provides all members of the university (faculty, administrators, staff, and students) with Enhanced Institutional Membership for the Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR). The mission of CUR is to “support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship.”  We encourage you to utilize this organization as a valuable resource.

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Contact Office of Sponsored Programs and Research

Stevenson University
1525 Greenspring Valley Road
Stevenson, Maryland 21153-0641

M. Diane Payne
Assistant Vice President
Phone: 443-334-2197
Fax: 443-334-2172

Mission

Mission

The mission of the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research is to:

  • Identify and disseminate grant opportunities to faculty and staff.
  • Assist faculty and staff in grant proposal preparation.
  • Foster collaborations with local institutions, government research facilities, and private industry.
  • Connect students with appropriate summer research opportunities.
  • Provide pre-award and post-award oversight.
  • Support faculty development.
Activities

Activities

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research:

  • Sponsors writing and grants training workshops.
  • Administers internal and external awards.
  • Assists in finding grant opportunities.
  • Ensures compliance with sponsor agency requirements.
  • Assists students to identify and secure summer research opportunities.
  • Administers faculty conference funding.
  • Administers internal faculty grants.
Support

Support

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research was created in 2006 with the support of a 3-year NIH Extramural Associates Research Development Award (EARDA). A 5-year NIH Biomedical/Biobehavioral Research Administration Development (BRAD) Award provided extended support from 2011 through 2014. The office is now fully supported by Stevenson University.

Internal Support

Internal Support

Internal Awards

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (OSPR) manages the administration of internal grant awards, available to full-time faculty to promote research and scholarship.

  • 2020

    Faculty Research and Scholarship Grants

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    Ryan Clark
    School of Humanities and Social Sciences
    Carolyn Dana
    School of the Sciences
    Sara Narayan
    School of the Sciences
    Chip Rouse
    School of Design
  • 2019

    Seed Grant

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    Kerry Spencer
    School of the Sciences

    Faculty Research and Scholarship Grants

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    School
    Leanne McManus Bell
    School of Design
    Jamie Goodall
    School of Humanities and Social Sciences
    Kim Pause Tucker
    School of the Sciences
    Maria Wong
    School of Humanities and Social Sciences
    Elena Volkova
    School of Design
  • 2018

    Seed Grant

    Person
    School
    Amanda LiCastro
    School of Humanities and Social Sciences
    Ingrid Tulloch
    School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Faculty Research and Scholarship Grants

    Person
    School
    Christopher Ernst
    School of Design
    Lori Rubeling
    School of Design
    Clotile Galbraith
    School of Education
    Geetha Suresh
    School of Humanities and Social Sciences
    Tracey Mason
    School of the Sciences
    Joyce Williams
    School of Graduate and Professional Studies
  • 2017

    Seed Grant

    Person
    School
    Amanda LiCastro
    School of Humanities and Social Sciences
    Ingrid Tulloch
    School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Faculty Research and Scholarship Grants

    Person
    School
    Ora Freedman
    School of Business and Leadership
    Anna Kayes
    School of Business and Leadership
    J. H. Kucher
    School of Business and Leadership
    Dina Fiasconaro
    School of Design
    Christopher Reed
    School of Design
    Ryan Clark
    School of Humanities and Social Sciences
    Amanda LiCastro
    School of Humanities and Social Sciences
    Sam Obae
    School of the Sciences

 

Faculty Conferences

OSPR administers funds for faculty members to attend academic conferences. About 60 trips are sponsored each year.

Full-time faculty may request up to $1,500 annually for conferences at which they present.  If they are attending only, they may request up to $1,000.  Adjunct faculty may request up to $1,250 for conferences at which they are presenting.  If less than the maximum is requested for one conference, the remainder may be used for an additional conference if funds are available.


Student Research Opportunities

Each fall, our office conducts several seminars to acquaint students with upcoming summer research internship opportunities available across the country. For many students who participate, this activity can serve as their capstone experience as well.*

Program Title Program Sponsor
Research Experience for Undergraduates National Science Foundation
Student Undergraduate Research Fellowships National Institute of Standards and Technology
Pathways to Science Institute for Broadening Participation
Amgen Scholars Programs Amgen Foundation
NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program National Institutes of Health
SMART Program United States Army Research Laboratory

*All students who take part in summer research activities must first complete an online course called Responsible Conduct of research for Students.

Training

Training

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (OSPR) offers both required and optional training activities for faculty, staff and students.

CITI Training

All students, faculty, and staff members, involved in research at Stevenson University are required to take appropriate training to ensure that they understand the legal and ethical rules of research.

Our office administers this required research training through on-line courses provided by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), through the Biomedical Research Alliance of New York (BRANY)

Courses include:

  • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
    • For students
    • For Faculty
    • For Administrators
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Social & Behavioral Research
  • Course-based Research

Enroll in Courses:

The homepage for the CITI courses can be found here.


Writing Workshops

Summer Writing Retreat, June 2020

June 1-4, 2020

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Winter Writing Retreat, January 2020

January 14-15, 2020

The OSPR hosted a 2-day Winter Writing Retreat in the Greenspring Library. Faculty appreciated dedicated to work on scholarly activities, collaborate with their fellow faculty, and be receive feedback from peers and OSPR staff.

Policies & Forms

Policies & Forms

Grant Funding

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (OSPR) would like to assist you in finding and obtaining funding for programs and research. This includes searching for funding opportunities, aiding in the application process, and assisting in the administration of any funding awarded. Additionally, the OSPR facilitates grant writing efforts through the formation and support of Peer Review Groups. Please complete the appropriate form(s) and return to the OSPR to aid us in assisting you.


External Grant Submissions

All research and non-research funding requests will use the forms listed below. Grant proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (OSPR). Please consult the Guidelines for Requesting Grant Support for a step-by-step overview of the University's internal process for requesting funding from outside sources.

  • Overview - Steps for Requesting Grant Support
  • Grant Development Worksheet - Please complete and submit this form to the OSPR along with a copy of the program announcement (funding instructions) before you begin writing your proposal. Upon receipt of the Grant Development Worksheet, the OSPR and/or the Office of University Advancement will be available to work closely with the applicant to assure that deadlines are met.
  • Grant Submission Cover Sheet - This form must be completed and attached to the hard copy of your proposal. Processing the application includes obtaining signatures from many university administrators and usually takes several days. It is, therefore, essential to provide the OSPR with a draft within ten business days of the grant proposal deadline.
  • Guidelines for Funded Grant Proposals - Once a grant proposal is approved, the OSPR and the Office of University Advancement (if applicable), will work closely with the Project Director (PD)/Principal Investigator (PI) to ensure all conditions of the funding are met.

Financial Conflict of Interest Information

The following forms are required for all Government Funded Research and Projects:

  • Financial Conflict of Interest Plan (FCOI) - This form must be reviewed, completed, signed, and attached to the hard copy of your proposal along with the Grant Submission Cover Sheet.
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  • FCOI CITI Training Course - Each investigator seeking government funding must complete FCOI training prior to submitting a proposal for government funded research or projects. Investigators must complete training every four years and immediately when any of the following occurs:
    • Stevenson University finds the investigator noncompliant with its policy or a management plan.
    • The investigator is new to Stevenson University.
    • The Stevenson University policy changes in a manner that significantly affects requirements.

IRB Forms

If your research includes human subjects, please complete the appropriate form and provide to Dr. Jeffrey Elliott, Chair IRB, jelliott@stevenson.edu, 443-334-2139 (IRB must be included in the file name and subject line of the email). 

IRB Training Module

In-Service Education for IRB Members


Stevenson University Policies

  • IRB/HSRB Policies and Forms - All research involving human subjects must receive approval through Stevenson University's Institutional Review Board (IRB) before research may commence. Policy Manual IV: Faculty Policies, 4.14: Institutional Review Board contains additional information.
  • Procedures for Responding to Allegations of Scientific Misconduct - This document is available in Policy Manual IV: Faculty Policies, 4.15: Responding to Allegations of Scientific Misconduct
Funding Tools

Funding Tools

Grant Search Databases

GrantForward

GrantForward is a grant search database that  has been available to users at Stevenson for several years.  While it contains data from all types of sponsors, it has a heavy emphasis on federal and other governmental grants.

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When you set up your account, you will be given the option of setting up a profile.

There are eight types of search criteria available when searching for grant opportunities.

GrantSelect

GrantSelect is a grant search database that has predominant focus on grants from foundations.

Under quick search, there are four search criteria available. Under advanced search, eight additional criteria are available.

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 Grant Writing Tips

The following websites provide assistance on writing a grant proposal:

Scholarship

Scholarship 

Fulbright Programs

Fulbright Scholar Program
The Fulbright Scholar Program, established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former Senator J. William Fulbright, is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) on behalf of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the United States Department of State.

The program currently operates in approximately 160 countries worldwide and is funded primarily by appropriations made by the United States Congress to the Department of State.

Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers approximately 470 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. In addition to several new program models designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals, Fulbright offers flexible awards including multi-country opportunities. Click here or eligibility, application, review criteria, timeline, highlights and FAQs. The competition for 2021-2022 opened in February 2020 and will close September 15, 2020.

Fulbright Specialist Program
The Fulbright Specialist Program sends U.S. scholars and professionals overseas for a period of two to six weeks to collaborate with professional counterparts at institutions of higher education on curriculum and faculty development, institutional assessment and planning, and related activities. Read more about the Specialist Program here.

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program
The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program provides annual awards to approximately 800 faculty and professionals from over 155 countries to conduct postdoctoral research at U.S. institutions from an academic semester to an academic year. Read more here.

Outreach Lecturing Fund
The Outreach Lecturing Fund (OLF) provides funding for campuses to host Fulbright Visiting Scholars, who are already in the United States, for short-term (2-6 days) speaking engagements. Special consideration is given to campuses that have not previously participated in the Fulbright Scholar Program. Read more about the program here.

For more detailed information on any of these programs and more, please visit the CIES websiteInformation on this site was provided by CIES.


Fulbright Updates and Tips

Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program: Tips for Navigating the Catalog of Awards

The first step in applying for a Core Fulbright grant is identifying a single award from the Catalog of Awards. Awards are designed in country, and reflect host countries needs and priorities. In the catalog, you will see numerous ways to search for awards: by region or country, discipline, open to early career, or you can perform a keyword search.

Once you select an award, you'll have access to a lot of information that will guide your application preparation: contact information for CIES program officer, overview of financial benefits and allowances for each country, grant activity and content of the award, applicable host locations, requirements for invitation letters and language proficiency, the length of grant and starting month (dependent on academic calendar) and so on.

Applicants should take some time, review the expectations and research into the educational systems and the cultural and political context to make sure they are presenting an ideal match between self and project and the host country. Please visit the Catalog of Awards to explore opportunities, and feel free to reach out to us at scholars@iie.org with general questions. Best of luck!

Information above was provided by CIES.

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