Sponsored Programs is a branch of the Office of the Provost. We support faculty and the institution in obtaining grant and other financial support for research and scholarly activities. We also collaborate with the Business Office in the stewardship of funded awards by overseeing the non-financial aspects of post-award administration, and by coordinating ethical compliances relating to sponsored research. A more detailed explanation of the respective roles of the Principle Investigator (PI), Sponsored Programs, the Business Office and the Provost in the pursuit and administration of grants in the pre- and post-award phases can be found here.

Faculty Grantsmanship
One way in which Sponsored Programs supports faculty grantsmanship is through subscriptions to several databases that can be used to locate funding for a proposal.

Faculty members are encouraged to consult with our office when planning and preparing grant applications; our staff will provide comments on proposals, assist with development and preparation of budgets, and act as a resource for other information that is useful to grant applicants. All proposals submitted to outside sources by faculty members are reviewed here to assure compliance with the sponsor's and the Colleges' policies and guidelines, and to assure budgetary accuracy and completeness. Preliminary draft proposals are welcome.

Getting Started
The Quick Guide is a concise set of instructions for faculty wishing to submit a grant or fellowship proposal for external funding.  In addition to providing an overview of the HWS internal process, it also links to OPRA, the Colleges’ Online Proposal Routing Approval system.  Faculty can upload their proposal documents to OPRA and route them to the appropriate offices for institutional approvals prior to submission to the external agency or sponsor.

Award Implementation
When a proposal is successful and has been awarded funding, the Colleges will receive official notification, usually by email or letter to an institutional official. At that point the post-award phase begins. Following review of the award instrument, which may take the form of a grant, contract, or other type of agreement, Sponsored Programs initiates an Award Implementation Meeting to which Business Office staff and the Principal Investigator are invited. The purpose of the meeting is to review relevant terms and conditions of the award, discuss how project funds may be accessed and expended, and answer any questions the PI may have. At that time reporting responsibilities and any other required deliverables would also be addressed. The Business Office then establishes a unique grant program account that is based on the sponsor-approved budget and to which the program expenses will be charged. Sponsored Programs and the Business Office continue to administer the award on behalf of the Colleges until the period of performance for the award ends, all reporting has been completed, and the project has been officially closed.


Mailing address:

Office of Sponsored Programs
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
300 Pulteney Street
Geneva, NY 14456

Campus address:

20 Seneca Street, 3rd floor
Fax: (315) 781-3767


Roberta Truscello
Director of Sponsored Programs
Phone: (315) 781-3754

Karen Goulet
Grants Manager
Phone: (315) 781-3067


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