Sponsored Programs helps Swarthmore College faculty members secure grant funding from philanthropic institutions, government agencies, and businesses that are interested in their research and scholarship. The office assists faculty in identifying potential funding sources, provides help and resources at every stage of proposal development and submission, and hosts annual workshops for new faculty and for faculty seeking a second semester of sabbatical funding (the College offers two semesters of sabbatical leave every fourth year and pays for one). The Senior Accountant in the Business Office also helps faculty pursuing grants, with budget development and grant management advice. Sponsored Programs provides other key resources to faculty applying for grants, via its website, with a listing of grant opportunities and online databases, profiles of Swarthmore faculty who have recently received grants, and information and guidance on how to prepare a successful proposal and manage your grant.
If you are interested in discussing an idea for funding, please contact Director of Sponsored Programs Tania Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about our whole team, please visit our staff page.
Additional Sponsored Programs Resources:
A useful resource available to all faculty through the library is the e-book “The Art of Funding and Implementing Ideas: A Guide to Proposal Development and Project Management.” Sponsored Programs also has its own growing library of grant development resources on reserve at Cornell library.
Other offices and people available to advise and assist our faculty as they pursue sponsored research funding are:
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is charged with reviewing all research involving human subjects conducted under the auspices of the College by its faculty, students, and staff, as well as research by outside investigators involving Swarthmore students or personnel.
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is a federally mandated committee that oversees all research on vertebrates at Swarthmore College and reports to the US Department of Agriculture. The Biology Department’s Animal Facility Manager supports the work of the IACUC.
The Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility can assist you if you’re considering adding a community-based element to your research project.
The Off-Campus Study office should be consulted before making any arrangements to include off-campus (especially international) activities involving students in your project, whether grant-funded or not.
Funding Success Among Early-Career Faculty:
In the past fifteen years, assistant- and associate-professor-level faculty have had their research and scholarly work funded by many programs and awards, among them:
- American Council of Learned Societies
- The Andrew W. Mellon New Directions Fellowship Program
- The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library Fellowship Program
- The Ford Foundation Fellowship
- Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation - Faculty Start-up Award; Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award
- Foundation for Child Development, Changing Faces of America's Children - Young Scholars Program
- Fulbright Scholar Program
- John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
- National Endowment for the Humanities
- National Geographic Society
- National Science Foundation - Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program; Broadening Participation Research Initiation Grants in Engineering (BRIGE) program; Research at Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) award; Research Opportunity Award (ROA)
- Research Corporation for Science Advancement - Cottrell College Science Awards
- Smith Richardson Foundation
- The Spencer Foundation
- Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation - Junior Faculty Career Enhancement Fellowship
For more information about current grants held by Swarthmore faculty, visit Sponsored Programs’s faculty grant profiles.