Grants and Sponsored Programs

Welcome to the Office of Foundation Relation and Sponsored Programs

We assist faculty, staff and students with major grants that focus on broad institutional programs and initiatives from federal and private sources. We help obtain funding through major grants programs for faculty scholarship, research and fellowships and coordinate collaborations through sub-grants and awards from other institutions and partners.

Angela M. Irvine, M.A Ed., CAMS
Box 255
Pomerleau Alumni Center
802.654.2351

 

CARES Act Funds

Institutional Quarterly Report

Funding Application Date: April 22, 2020

Date Funding Received: May 6, 2020

Federally Required Posting Date: September 30, 2020

September 18, 2020

Institutions receiving funds under Section 18004 of the CARES Act are required to submit a report to the Secretary of Education describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). This page provides public information about Saint Michael’s College’s participation in the CARES Act and use of the college’s HEERF Institutional Portion. This information will be updated no later than 10 days after the end of each calendar quarter.

Saint Michael’s College signed and returned the Certification and Agreement for the Institutional Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund under the CARES Act to the Department of Education under Grant Award Notification P425F200482.  Funding was awarded on May 6, 2020.

  1. Saint Michael’s College was allocated a total of $1,186,800 under Section 18004(a)(1). Pursuant to the Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students, at least $593,400 will be distributed directly to eligible students impacted by campus disruptions due to the coronavirus. The Certification and Agreement for the Institutional Portion states that the remaining $593,400 may be used to cover institutional costs associated with the
  2. Total of funding received for Institutional Award:  $593,400
  3. the amount of large covered funds received that were expended or obligated for each project or activity: $593,400
  4. a detailed list of all projects or activities for which large covered funds were expended or obligated:

Institutional funding award is utilized to recover costs associated with refunded residential fees to all students that left campus in March 2020.  These expenses were processed in June 2020 as the institutional expense related to drawing institutional funds from G5.

We will report this expenditure on the FY20 SEFA schedule. The funds will be drawn from the G5 account in FY21.

  1.  No subcontracts or subawards were made using funding from this grant award.

Find Funding

SMC For Faculty and Students

Funding for research/scholarship/curriculum that is directly provided by the College is managed internally. Please consult the Faculty Development Committee for details and deadlines.

Fellowship Opportunities

Saint Michael’s College has put together a table containing all of the common fellowship programs that have been applied for. This will help the reader locate a potential fellowship program. The reader will be better equipped to then do more in-depth research. You will also see that after the table you find links to Residential Fellowships as well as links to Fellowship opportunities in Specific Fields. The links that have been compiled are just some of the many Fellowship opportunities that can be applied for at Saint Michael’s College.

ProgramEligible FieldsType of SupportAmount / DurationDeadline / Notification
NEH

Fellowships
HumanitiesAdvanced Research opportunities for Faculty and StudentsAround $4200.00 a month maximumAround 50,000.00 per year May 1st and December 1st
ACLS

Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships
Humanities and Social SciencesAdvanced Research Opportunities for Assistant FacultyAround $64,000.00, including $2500.00 for travel and research expenses Duration of 9 months Around Late September and February
Guggenheim Foundation

Fellowships
All Areas of Study Opportunities for advanced research in any area of study Around an average of $36,000.00 Duration of 6-12 months September 15th and April 15th
Social Science Research Council (SSRC)Social SciencesCollaborative Research on specified topics pertaining to Social SciencesRanges between $1.00 - $50,000.00 Duration of about 2 years Deadline Varies dependent on the specific fellowship opportunity applied for
ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies)

Fellowships
Humanities and Social SciencesAdvanced research opportunities including Junior Faculty. Fellowship Opportunities in Area StudiesRanges between $35,000.00 – and $60,000.00Last between 6-12 months Late September and middle of March
NRC

Ford Postdoctoral Fellowships for Minorities
All Area of Study Research conducted by new faculty in fields that currently are historically underrepresented Around a $40,000.00 stipend, Also includes travel and Research allowance Last 1 year November and April depending on the fellowship that is applied for
American Philosophical Society

Sabbatical Fellowships
Humanities and Social SciencesAllows for a supplement of a sabbatical leaveRanges between $30,000.00 - $40,000.00 Yearly BasisOctober and usually around the Spring time

Residential Fellowship Opportunities

Fellowship Opportunities in Specific Fields

Research Grant Opportunities

In an attempt to help the students and faculty with researching various grant opportunities, the staff of Saint Michael’s College has assembled a table of basic information of the most common funding sources. We created the table to aid both students and faculty members begin the difficult task of finding a potential funding source. If you need any additional help please contact Angela Irvine (ext. 2351).

Organization and Program Fields of Study able to Apply to the FundingPurpose of Funding Amount of Funding and Duration of the Funding Funding deadlines and notifications
NSF

National Science Foundation
Sciences and Social Sciences Funding for Research Projects and Educational GrantsBetween $50,000- and $500,000 ranging from 1-5 years Dependent on specific grants, Deadlines may vary
NIH

National Institutes of Health
 
Sciences and Social SciencesResearch on human health and the outcomes of human health Awards Average around $300,000 with a 1-3 year duration of fundingDeadlines Varies dependent on the specific funding opportunity applied for
DEP

Department of Energy
Sciences and Social SciencesResearch pertaining to the progress of all forms of energyAverage awards range from $150,000 - $1,000,000, Duration of funding variesDeadline Varies dependent on the specific funding opportunity applied for
SSRC

Social Science Research Council
 
Social Sciences Shared research projects on specified topicsAwards can range from $1.00 – $50.000 and last up to 2 years Deadline Varies dependent on the specific funding opportunity applied for
ACLS

American Council of Learned Societies
 
Humanities and Social Sciences Research in specified fields of Area StudiesTravel and stipends can last up to a year Usually around October and March (subject to change)
Research Corporation for Science Advancement

Cottrell College Science Awards
ScienceResearch in the fields of Physics, Chemistry, and Astronomy involving undergraduates Usually around $35,000 Summer funding Varies dependent on which grant is applied for, usually summer months
American Philosophical Society

Franklin Research Grants
All Areas of Study (Science, Social Science, Humanities)Funds research projects in all areas and disciplinesAverage funding is between $1,000 – $6,000 dollars on a 1 year contract October 1st/ January December 1st/ March
United States Institute of Peace

Unsolicited Grants
 
Social Sciences Research towards International Peace Average funding ranges between $50,000 - $100,000 Lasts about 1-2 years October 1st/ April
IREX

International Research Exchanges Board
 
Humanities and Social SciencesResearch on European and Asian studies abroad Stipend which includes travel Lasts up to 1 year Deadline Varies dependent on the specific funding opportunity applied for
CIES

Fulbright Scholar Program
 
All Disciples and Areas of studyLecturing and Research that is conducted abroadStipend which includes travel Ranges from 2 months to an academic year August 1st/ March
Vermont Genetics NetworkBiology/PsychologyResearch and student research $25,000 to $75,000 Usually in January
VT EPSCoRScience/Social ScienceStudent research projects$5,000Contact grants office for information

Proposal Process

The Office of Foundation Relations and Sponsored Programs will assist you in preparing your budgets, internal approvals and procedures and planning for submitting your grant application.

Checklist for Faculty Grants
Grants Budget Sheet
Planning Timeline Guide
Preparing your Budget

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

IRB, CoVID human-subjects protection statement: Given the public health warnings from the CDC and the Vermont Health Department, as well as Governor Scott’s order to limit personal interaction and non-essential travel, the Saint Michael’s IRB expects that any research involving direct contact with human subjects is suspended until interpersonal-contact bans are lifted by relevant State or Federal governmental agencies. None of our approved research protocols involve essential patient-related services, so this suspension should not impact the wellbeing of our human subject in a negative fashion. As a human-subjects researcher, if you have questions about whether your research involves direct interpersonal contact, please contact the IRB Chair, Professor Boynton (dboynton@smcvt.edu).

The Saint Michael’s College Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee appointed by the Vice President of Academic Affairs, charged to protect human participants involved in research and to ensure that this research is carried out in an ethical manner.*

Federal regulations stipulate that “…each institution or agency which conducts or which proposes to conduct or authorize human research shall establish a human research review committee…No human research shall be conducted or authorized by such institution or agency unless…such committee has reviewed and approved the proposed human research project…” While Saint Michael’s policies are influenced by the guidelines of federal regulatory agencies, the Saint Michael’s College IRB is the agency ultimately responsible for creating and overseeing policies relevant to human subjects research on campus.

The IRB cannot guarantee that a proposal will be reviewed at its monthly meeting if the proposal is not submitted on or before the deadline.

Ultimately, investigators must be familiar with and behave according to the spirit and letter of federal and professional guidelines pertaining to human research. For more information on these federal regulations see the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services links on the right side of this page.

The following links have been developed to help you determine whether your research project requires IRB approval, and if so, to guide you through the application process. Contact the IRB should you have additional questions.

IRB application forms and instructions can be found on the Portal or by choosing this link.

IRB Contact Information

David Boynton, Ph.D.
Chair, Institutional Review Board
Associate Professor of Psychology
office: St. Edmund’s Hall 214
e-mail: dboynton@smcvt.edu
phone: 802.654.2641

Diana Hoppe ’02
Administrative Assistant
Institutional Review Board
Department of Psychology
Master’s Program in Clinical Psychology
Neuroscience
Environmental Studies/Sciences
Box 288
office: St. Edmund’s Hall 222B
e-mail: dhoppe@smcvt.edu
phone: 802.654.2206

*A similar committee, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), oversees the ethical treatment of vertebrate animals at Saint Michael’s. A link to this committee’s page can be found on the left side of this page under Research Approval Committees.

Government Websites

Office for Human Research Protections

Regulations for the Protection of Human Subjects

Informed Consent

Institutional Issues

Policy and Guidance for Investigators

Vulnerable Populations

Protocol Review

Biological Materials and Data

Frequently Asked Questions

Searchable Databases

Grants.gov

The federal government hosts this site for all federal grant notices. There are multiple search options from the “Find Funding Link”

SPIN Database

Saint Michael’s College subscribes to this database to assist faculty and staff in finding grant opportunities. A profile (link to the profile form) is required before utilizing the database. SPIN provides daily alerts and search options for grant opportunities and for other researchers/faculty/Instructors in your field.

SPIN DATABASE TIPS

SPIN is a comprehensive database of funding opportunities gathered from federal agencies, foundations, professional societies, associations and corporations. It is updated daily and can be searched by sponsor, amount, deadline, funding type and area of interest and other criteria.

GENIUS is a database, which contains profiles of scholars and researchers at universities and research institutions. GENIUS profiles are used for identifying interest or expertise within the university as well as globally, for information to be used with SMARTS and for storing curriculum vitae. You choose whether your GENIUS profile is private, accessible to your institution only or accessible to the global community.

SMARTS is the electronic matching and notification system that sends targeted funding information to you via your e-mail. The keywords that reflect your areas of interest or expertise and other criteria that you select in your GENIUS profile are used to search current opportunities in the SPIN database of funding opportunities. Matching occurs electronically on a daily basis and any results are sent directly to you.

Vermont Community Foundation

The Vermont Community Foundation provides a link to a searchable database. This database provides information on all foundations that provide grant funding to organizations in Vermont and Nationally.

Award Process

Congratulations… your grant proposal is funded. You now enter into the Post Award process for implementing your grant. Your process begins with the OFFICIAL award notification from the funding source. Responsibilities for supporting the administration of grants and contracts are divided between the Finance Office and the Foundation Relations and Sponsored Programs Office.

Implementation of the project begins with the OFFICIAL GRANT AWARD NOTICE AND CONTRACT. The official document should go to the Accounting and Budget Office with a copy to the Foundation Relations and Sponsored Programs Office. This document will outline the official policies and procedures we must adhere to during the course of the grant along with reporting requirements and policies on pre-award spending if applicable. No spending can occur without this document.

Managing Grants

Angela Irvine
Director of Sponsored Programs and Foundation Relations
802.654.2351
airvine@smcvt.edu

  • Handles all Internal Processes
  • Submit Project Profile
  • Contact for All Sub-awards
  • Responsible for all Program reporting and Facilities logistics

Budgets and Financial Records

The Accounting and Budget Office provides you with all financial information on your grant award. They complete documentation for billing, quarterly reports and approvals for all purchases using grant funds.

The Foundation Relations and Sponsored Programs Office will assist you with facts, data and other information required for reporting.

Other offices on campus that can provide you with information and data:

  • Registrar’s Office
  • Office of Institutional Research

Responsible Conduct in Research

The responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR) is critical for excellence, as well as public trust, in science spanning all disciplines. Consequently, education in RCR is considered essential in the preparation of future scientists, researchers and educators. As a liberal arts institution, engaging students in experiential learning crosses disciplines and therefore is not limited to one specific department or research program. It is our belief that all students engaged in mentored scientific research must understand the implications of ethical standards and research conduct prior to engaging in research activities.

All students engaged in research in the field of biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, neuroscience, physics or psychology are required to complete the RCR training requirements. Any student, regardless of discipline, that receives NSF or NIH funding for their work, must complete the training requirement.

History of Policy

Beginning on January 4, 2010, all Saint Michael’s College undergraduate and graduate students participating in paid research or receiving academic credit for research began participating in training in the responsible conduct of research. At a minimum, students were required to complete one of the free courses offered by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative.

Beginning on May 1, 2011, the option of a different online training program was made available to student researchers. The two modules offered through the Responsible Conduct in Research website were made available as another means of completing the requirement for training in RCR.

Principle Investigator/Faculty Mentor Responsibility

Principle Investigators are required to determine which of the options their students must complete (CITI or RCR web-based) and consistently apply those expectations across all students working with the PI over the life of the grant. For research that began before May 1, 2011, PIs have the option to use the new modules through RCR if appropriate.

Saint Michael’s College Policies and Instructions
National Science Foundation RCR Requirements
National Institutes of Health RCR Requirements

Important Resources

Circular A-21 allowable costs and principles for federal funding

Proposal Guides to Major Funders

National Science Foundation

National Institutes of Health

U.S. Department of Education

Grants.Gov Application System

CARES Act Funds

Institutional Quarterly Report

Funding Application Date: April 22, 2020

Date Funding Received: May 6, 2020

Federally Required Posting Date: September 30, 2020

September 18, 2020

Institutions receiving funds under Section 18004 of the CARES Act are required to submit a report to the Secretary of Education describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). This page provides public information about Saint Michael’s College’s participation in the CARES Act and use of the college’s HEERF Institutional Portion. This information will be updated no later than 10 days after the end of each calendar quarter.

Saint Michael’s College signed and returned the Certification and Agreement for the Institutional Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund under the CARES Act to the Department of Education under Grant Award Notification P425F200482.  Funding was awarded on May 6, 2020.

  1. Saint Michael’s College was allocated a total of $1,186,800 under Section 18004(a)(1). Pursuant to the Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students, at least $593,400 will be distributed directly to eligible students impacted by campus disruptions due to the coronavirus. The Certification and Agreement for the Institutional Portion states that the remaining $593,400 may be used to cover institutional costs associated with the
  2. Total of funding received for Institutional Award:  $593,400
  3. the amount of large covered funds received that were expended or obligated for each project or activity: $593,400
  4. a detailed list of all projects or activities for which large covered funds were expended or obligated:

Institutional funding award is utilized to recover costs associated with refunded residential fees to all students that left campus in March 2020.  These expenses were processed in June 2020 as the institutional expense related to drawing institutional funds from G5.

We will report this expenditure on the FY20 SEFA schedule. The funds will be drawn from the G5 account in FY21.

  1.  No subcontracts or subawards were made using funding from this grant award.

Find Funding

SMC For Faculty and Students

Funding for research/scholarship/curriculum that is directly provided by the College is managed internally. Please consult the Faculty Development Committee for details and deadlines.

Fellowship Opportunities

Saint Michael’s College has put together a table containing all of the common fellowship programs that have been applied for. This will help the reader locate a potential fellowship program. The reader will be better equipped to then do more in-depth research. You will also see that after the table you find links to Residential Fellowships as well as links to Fellowship opportunities in Specific Fields. The links that have been compiled are just some of the many Fellowship opportunities that can be applied for at Saint Michael’s College.

ProgramEligible FieldsType of SupportAmount / DurationDeadline / Notification
NEH

Fellowships
HumanitiesAdvanced Research opportunities for Faculty and StudentsAround $4200.00 a month maximumAround 50,000.00 per year May 1st and December 1st
ACLS

Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships
Humanities and Social SciencesAdvanced Research Opportunities for Assistant FacultyAround $64,000.00, including $2500.00 for travel and research expenses Duration of 9 months Around Late September and February
Guggenheim Foundation

Fellowships
All Areas of Study Opportunities for advanced research in any area of study Around an average of $36,000.00 Duration of 6-12 months September 15th and April 15th
Social Science Research Council (SSRC)Social SciencesCollaborative Research on specified topics pertaining to Social SciencesRanges between $1.00 - $50,000.00 Duration of about 2 years Deadline Varies dependent on the specific fellowship opportunity applied for
ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies)

Fellowships
Humanities and Social SciencesAdvanced research opportunities including Junior Faculty. Fellowship Opportunities in Area StudiesRanges between $35,000.00 – and $60,000.00Last between 6-12 months Late September and middle of March
NRC

Ford Postdoctoral Fellowships for Minorities
All Area of Study Research conducted by new faculty in fields that currently are historically underrepresented Around a $40,000.00 stipend, Also includes travel and Research allowance Last 1 year November and April depending on the fellowship that is applied for
American Philosophical Society

Sabbatical Fellowships
Humanities and Social SciencesAllows for a supplement of a sabbatical leaveRanges between $30,000.00 - $40,000.00 Yearly BasisOctober and usually around the Spring time

Residential Fellowship Opportunities

Fellowship Opportunities in Specific Fields

Research Grant Opportunities

In an attempt to help the students and faculty with researching various grant opportunities, the staff of Saint Michael’s College has assembled a table of basic information of the most common funding sources. We created the table to aid both students and faculty members begin the difficult task of finding a potential funding source. If you need any additional help please contact Angela Irvine (ext. 2351).

Organization and Program Fields of Study able to Apply to the FundingPurpose of Funding Amount of Funding and Duration of the Funding Funding deadlines and notifications
NSF

National Science Foundation
Sciences and Social Sciences Funding for Research Projects and Educational GrantsBetween $50,000- and $500,000 ranging from 1-5 years Dependent on specific grants, Deadlines may vary
NIH

National Institutes of Health
 
Sciences and Social SciencesResearch on human health and the outcomes of human health Awards Average around $300,000 with a 1-3 year duration of fundingDeadlines Varies dependent on the specific funding opportunity applied for
DEP

Department of Energy
Sciences and Social SciencesResearch pertaining to the progress of all forms of energyAverage awards range from $150,000 - $1,000,000, Duration of funding variesDeadline Varies dependent on the specific funding opportunity applied for
SSRC

Social Science Research Council
 
Social Sciences Shared research projects on specified topicsAwards can range from $1.00 – $50.000 and last up to 2 years Deadline Varies dependent on the specific funding opportunity applied for
ACLS

American Council of Learned Societies
 
Humanities and Social Sciences Research in specified fields of Area StudiesTravel and stipends can last up to a year Usually around October and March (subject to change)
Research Corporation for Science Advancement

Cottrell College Science Awards
ScienceResearch in the fields of Physics, Chemistry, and Astronomy involving undergraduates Usually around $35,000 Summer funding Varies dependent on which grant is applied for, usually summer months
American Philosophical Society

Franklin Research Grants
All Areas of Study (Science, Social Science, Humanities)Funds research projects in all areas and disciplinesAverage funding is between $1,000 – $6,000 dollars on a 1 year contract October 1st/ January December 1st/ March
United States Institute of Peace

Unsolicited Grants
 
Social Sciences Research towards International Peace Average funding ranges between $50,000 - $100,000 Lasts about 1-2 years October 1st/ April
IREX

International Research Exchanges Board
 
Humanities and Social SciencesResearch on European and Asian studies abroad Stipend which includes travel Lasts up to 1 year Deadline Varies dependent on the specific funding opportunity applied for
CIES

Fulbright Scholar Program
 
All Disciples and Areas of studyLecturing and Research that is conducted abroadStipend which includes travel Ranges from 2 months to an academic year August 1st/ March
Vermont Genetics NetworkBiology/PsychologyResearch and student research $25,000 to $75,000 Usually in January
VT EPSCoRScience/Social ScienceStudent research projects$5,000Contact grants office for information

Proposal Process

The Office of Foundation Relations and Sponsored Programs will assist you in preparing your budgets, internal approvals and procedures and planning for submitting your grant application.

Checklist for Faculty Grants
Grants Budget Sheet
Planning Timeline Guide
Preparing your Budget

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

IRB, CoVID human-subjects protection statement: Given the public health warnings from the CDC and the Vermont Health Department, as well as Governor Scott’s order to limit personal interaction and non-essential travel, the Saint Michael’s IRB expects that any research involving direct contact with human subjects is suspended until interpersonal-contact bans are lifted by relevant State or Federal governmental agencies. None of our approved research protocols involve essential patient-related services, so this suspension should not impact the wellbeing of our human subject in a negative fashion. As a human-subjects researcher, if you have questions about whether your research involves direct interpersonal contact, please contact the IRB Chair, Professor Boynton (dboynton@smcvt.edu).

The Saint Michael’s College Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee appointed by the Vice President of Academic Affairs, charged to protect human participants involved in research and to ensure that this research is carried out in an ethical manner.*

Federal regulations stipulate that “…each institution or agency which conducts or which proposes to conduct or authorize human research shall establish a human research review committee…No human research shall be conducted or authorized by such institution or agency unless…such committee has reviewed and approved the proposed human research project…” While Saint Michael’s policies are influenced by the guidelines of federal regulatory agencies, the Saint Michael’s College IRB is the agency ultimately responsible for creating and overseeing policies relevant to human subjects research on campus.

The IRB cannot guarantee that a proposal will be reviewed at its monthly meeting if the proposal is not submitted on or before the deadline.

Ultimately, investigators must be familiar with and behave according to the spirit and letter of federal and professional guidelines pertaining to human research. For more information on these federal regulations see the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services links on the right side of this page.

The following links have been developed to help you determine whether your research project requires IRB approval, and if so, to guide you through the application process. Contact the IRB should you have additional questions.

IRB application forms and instructions can be found on the Portal or by choosing this link.

IRB Contact Information

David Boynton, Ph.D.
Chair, Institutional Review Board
Associate Professor of Psychology
office: St. Edmund’s Hall 214
e-mail: dboynton@smcvt.edu
phone: 802.654.2641

Diana Hoppe ’02
Administrative Assistant
Institutional Review Board
Department of Psychology
Master’s Program in Clinical Psychology
Neuroscience
Environmental Studies/Sciences
Box 288
office: St. Edmund’s Hall 222B
e-mail: dhoppe@smcvt.edu
phone: 802.654.2206

*A similar committee, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), oversees the ethical treatment of vertebrate animals at Saint Michael’s. A link to this committee’s page can be found on the left side of this page under Research Approval Committees.

Government Websites

Office for Human Research Protections

Regulations for the Protection of Human Subjects

Informed Consent

Institutional Issues

Policy and Guidance for Investigators

Vulnerable Populations

Protocol Review

Biological Materials and Data

Frequently Asked Questions

Searchable Databases

Grants.gov

The federal government hosts this site for all federal grant notices. There are multiple search options from the “Find Funding Link”

SPIN Database

Saint Michael’s College subscribes to this database to assist faculty and staff in finding grant opportunities. A profile (link to the profile form) is required before utilizing the database. SPIN provides daily alerts and search options for grant opportunities and for other researchers/faculty/Instructors in your field.

SPIN DATABASE TIPS

SPIN is a comprehensive database of funding opportunities gathered from federal agencies, foundations, professional societies, associations and corporations. It is updated daily and can be searched by sponsor, amount, deadline, funding type and area of interest and other criteria.

GENIUS is a database, which contains profiles of scholars and researchers at universities and research institutions. GENIUS profiles are used for identifying interest or expertise within the university as well as globally, for information to be used with SMARTS and for storing curriculum vitae. You choose whether your GENIUS profile is private, accessible to your institution only or accessible to the global community.

SMARTS is the electronic matching and notification system that sends targeted funding information to you via your e-mail. The keywords that reflect your areas of interest or expertise and other criteria that you select in your GENIUS profile are used to search current opportunities in the SPIN database of funding opportunities. Matching occurs electronically on a daily basis and any results are sent directly to you.

Vermont Community Foundation

The Vermont Community Foundation provides a link to a searchable database. This database provides information on all foundations that provide grant funding to organizations in Vermont and Nationally.

Award Process

Congratulations… your grant proposal is funded. You now enter into the Post Award process for implementing your grant. Your process begins with the OFFICIAL award notification from the funding source. Responsibilities for supporting the administration of grants and contracts are divided between the Finance Office and the Foundation Relations and Sponsored Programs Office.

Implementation of the project begins with the OFFICIAL GRANT AWARD NOTICE AND CONTRACT. The official document should go to the Accounting and Budget Office with a copy to the Foundation Relations and Sponsored Programs Office. This document will outline the official policies and procedures we must adhere to during the course of the grant along with reporting requirements and policies on pre-award spending if applicable. No spending can occur without this document.

Managing Grants

Angela Irvine
Director of Sponsored Programs and Foundation Relations
802.654.2351
airvine@smcvt.edu

  • Handles all Internal Processes
  • Submit Project Profile
  • Contact for All Sub-awards
  • Responsible for all Program reporting and Facilities logistics

Budgets and Financial Records

The Accounting and Budget Office provides you with all financial information on your grant award. They complete documentation for billing, quarterly reports and approvals for all purchases using grant funds.

The Foundation Relations and Sponsored Programs Office will assist you with facts, data and other information required for reporting.

Other offices on campus that can provide you with information and data:

  • Registrar’s Office
  • Office of Institutional Research

Responsible Conduct in Research

The responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR) is critical for excellence, as well as public trust, in science spanning all disciplines. Consequently, education in RCR is considered essential in the preparation of future scientists, researchers and educators. As a liberal arts institution, engaging students in experiential learning crosses disciplines and therefore is not limited to one specific department or research program. It is our belief that all students engaged in mentored scientific research must understand the implications of ethical standards and research conduct prior to engaging in research activities.

All students engaged in research in the field of biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, neuroscience, physics or psychology are required to complete the RCR training requirements. Any student, regardless of discipline, that receives NSF or NIH funding for their work, must complete the training requirement.

History of Policy

Beginning on January 4, 2010, all Saint Michael’s College undergraduate and graduate students participating in paid research or receiving academic credit for research began participating in training in the responsible conduct of research. At a minimum, students were required to complete one of the free courses offered by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative.

Beginning on May 1, 2011, the option of a different online training program was made available to student researchers. The two modules offered through the Responsible Conduct in Research website were made available as another means of completing the requirement for training in RCR.

Principle Investigator/Faculty Mentor Responsibility

Principle Investigators are required to determine which of the options their students must complete (CITI or RCR web-based) and consistently apply those expectations across all students working with the PI over the life of the grant. For research that began before May 1, 2011, PIs have the option to use the new modules through RCR if appropriate.

Saint Michael’s College Policies and Instructions
National Science Foundation RCR Requirements
National Institutes of Health RCR Requirements

Important Resources

Circular A-21 allowable costs and principles for federal funding

Proposal Guides to Major Funders

National Science Foundation

National Institutes of Health

U.S. Department of Education

Grants.Gov Application System