Grant-seeking Resources at Middlebury College

The Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs (OGSP) is responsible for supporting all grant-related activities at Middlebury.

Sponsored Research and Faculty-initiated grants

The mission of Sponsored Research staff is to ensure that the College and its faculty are positioned to submit grant proposals to the federal government and other sponsors. We support an engaged and active faculty by providing advice and assistance at all stages of grant-seeking and grant administration. Our highest priorities are responding to faculty working on grant proposals with impending deadlines and dealing with time-sensitive issues related to grant administration and academic program development. We also oversee institutional endorsement procedures, monitor College compliance with sponsor requirements, and provide support to the academic administration with initiatives related to academic program enhancement, science planning, and compliance responsibilities. If you work for the College and have an idea for a proposal, please contact us.

Corporate & Foundation Relations - Institutional grants

The mission of Corporate and Foundation Relations staff is to obtain philanthropic support for College initiatives through the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of foundations, corporations, and federal agencies. To do this, we proactively seek resources to support priority programs defined by senior leadership, while being opportunistic and agile in supporting other initiatives and programs as time and resources permit.  If you have an idea for an institutional proposal, please contact us.

Grants Accounting Office - Financial administration for all grants

Academic Administration

Forms for internal funding (including FPDF and FRAF), leave program policies and guidelines, and information related to programs administered by the Dean for Faculty

  • Jim Ralph, Dean for Faculty Development & Research: x5320  (Davis Family Library, CTLR, Room 225C) -- all funding for faculty development including the leave program
  • Suzanne Gurland, Dean of Curriculum: x5909, x5323 (Old Chapel/ McCardell Bicentennial Hall)
  • Steve Trombulak, Director of the Sciences: x5439 (Hillcrest/ McCardell Bicentennial Hall)
  • Pieter Broucke, Director of the Arts: x5227 (Mahaney Center for the Arts)
  • Andi Lloyd, Vice President of Academic Affairs/Dean of the Faculty  x5908 (Old Chapel)
  • Lynn Dunton, Budget Coordinator for Academic Affairs:   x3085 (Old Chapel)

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

For all research that involves human subjects

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

For all research that involves animals

Undergraduate Research Office (URO)

For students participating in research

Center For Teaching, Learning and Research

Many support services for students and faculty

Other resources


Funding Resources

We encourage you to contact us if you are considering seeking foundation support for your research or project. Our office can guide you to resources and may be able to help identify potential funders. If you would first like to learn more about foundation grantmaking or research funding opportunities on your own, this page lists some sources of information that may be helpful. (If you are looking for information about government funding sources, such as the National Science Foundation or the National Institutes of Health, please contact the Sponsored Research staff.) 

Some foundations restrict the number of proposals accepted per institution in a given time period. Please contact us prior to submitting a proposal and we can advise you on other initiatives across campus that may be in progress. If you are part of a recognized student organization interested in outside funding, please refer to the institutional policies for student fund-raising.

Information about Foundations and Philanthropy

Foundation Center - An independent nonprofit information clearinghouse that collects, organizes, analyzes and disseminates information on foundations, corporate giving, and related subjects; maintains an extensive web site with links to foundation and corporate grantmakers and offers tools for researching funding opportunities (see below).

Philanthropy News Digest - A weekly service of the Foundation Center that collects news and information about the philanthropic world; their search page is useful for tracking down recent news about individual foundations.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy - “The newspaper of the nonprofit world”; some portions of the web site available only to subscribers.

Council on Foundations - A nonprofit membership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations.

Researching Funding Opportunities

Foundation Directory Online - Our office subscribes to this Foundation Center service, and we would be happy to generate information on potential funders for your project.

Foundation Finder - A free service of the Foundation Center that offers basic information about foundations, such as mailing addresses.

Guidestar - Guidestar gives you free access to the annual tax returns of foundations (Form 990-PFs) and public charities (Form 990s), which list the foundation’s charitable giving for the year. You must sign up for a free account to gain access to the forms.


Sponsored Research and Faculty Grants

OGSP's Sponsored Research staff support proposals to fund individual research and curricular projects. We offer:

INFO: Middlebury faculty members, please sign up here to receive Information Notices of Funding Opportunities by interest group.

Finding funding: We offer help identifying and targeting potential sources of support.

Grant budget and proposal preparation: This website offers lots of information about budgets, proposals, and College policies and procedures related to grants. We offer help developing your budget and proposal. The SRO staff also holds grant-writing workshops throughout the year.

 Proposal submission: We facilitate the Grant Proposal Endorsement ("blue sheet") process, review proposals to be sure they meet College and sponsor requirements, and work with faculty and the Director of Grants & Contract Administration to submit proposals.

Publicity: We work with faculty to ensure that grants are announced in MiddPoints and posted on this site. If you want a printed annual report of faculty grants, please call us.

Post-award assistance: We work with faculty and the office of Grants & Contracts Administration to help manage awards, ensure compliance with College and federal regulations, and oversee reporting for faculty grants administered by Middlebury.

OGSP's Corporate and Foundation Relations staff offers information and assistance with institutional grants, from proposal writing through final reporting.