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Sponsored Programs

Department Overview

Sponsored Programs connects Swarthmore College and its faculty with funding opportunities from government agencies, foundations and other philanthropic institutions that have a shared interest in the research, scholarly, and creative activity of individual faculty members.

Our office reports directly to the Provost and Dean of the Faculty and works closely with departments across campus to support grants and faculty research. Sponsored Programs contributes to the College's mission to provide learners of diverse backgrounds a transformative liberal arts education by supporting the innovative research and creative production of our faculty.


Alert for NSF Proposals: Beginning on October 23, 2023, all PIs must use SciENcv to complete the Biosketch and Current & Pending Support documents. Watch this SciENcv tutorial and set up your account now!


Watch: A Conversation with Two Guggenheim Fellows with Professor Steven Hopkins (Religion) and Associate Professor Ron Tarver (Art) 

Watch Professor of Religion Yvonne Chireau's SwatTalk on African American religious traditions and ancestral recovery. Professor Chireau will serve as a producer on Larisha Stone's film, Conjure: The Documentary, with support from The Crossroads Project at Princeton University. 

Watch: Linguist K. David Harrison describes his field work documenting endangered languages for the Talking Dictionary. Learn more about his grant-funded work with Tri-Co faculty.

Performance of Chopin without Piano

Barbara Milewski and Allen Kuharski brought the North American premiere of Chopin Without Piano to Swarthmore with a grant from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Watch a video from the performance.

Christopher Graves headshot

Synthetic Chemist Chris Graves Receives NSF Research Grant. The grant was awarded as a Sustainable Chemistry, Engineering, and Materials (SusChEM) Funding Opportunity, through the NSF’s Chemical Synthesis Program.

Crouch and Geller at circuit board

NSF Grant Will Measure Impact of Physics Course Built for Life Science Majors. Learn about the course taught by Catherine Crouch and Benjamin Geller.

Policy Updates & News

Friday, October 20, 2023 (5:00 PM submitter’s local time) is the last day to upload the NSF fillable PDF format for the biographical sketch and current and pending (other) support. After this date, the mandate to use SciENcv only for preparation of the biographical sketch and current and pending (other) support will go into effect.

NSF Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Current and Pending Support

The National Science Foundation has released its updated Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), effective for proposals submitted on or after January 30, 2023. A summary of significant changes and clarifications is available.

Federal Funding Status Alert

NSF Funding Status Alert

NIH Anti-Sexual Harassment Statement

New NSF Policy on Sexual Harassment, Effective October 21, 2018