Foundation Relations and Sponsored Research

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The Foundation Relations and Sponsored Research Office (Thompson Union Annex with entrance from South Carolina) is an initiative of University Relations to help faculty or staff members seek external funds for study, research, equipment, curriculum support, travel, and other activities that strengthen a faculty member's professional development and teaching ability.  The office has two professional staff members: Leigh Lentile, sponsored research officer, and Thomas Sanders, foundation relations and development communications officer.

The Foundation Relations and Sponsored Research Office oversees and encourages outside funding by

  • Helping to identify potential sources of support
  • Providing technical expertise on proposal and application preparation
  • Navigating institutional approval requirements and post-award administration

The office provides support to all faculty members regardless of rank or employment status. In addition, the office can provide support to staff members who are pursuing projects that enhance Sewanee's ability to complete its mission. Faculty or staff members should begin the grant process by contacting Tom or Leigh. The Grants Office will post and at times forward pertinent grant opportunities, but to best serve you we encourage you to schedule an appointment to discuss your specific research interests and needs. We have a conference room that can be scheduled for use by faculty and staff for planning meetings or retreats.

When both a project and sponsor have been identified, grantseekers must fill out the Institutional Approval Form at least three weeks before the project is due. This is an online form that generates an email serving as a formal request to submit a proposal. The Institutional Approval Form will provide the SRO and FRO information needed for approval.

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University Grant Policies

*Institutional Approval Form

Leigh Lentile
Sponsored Research Officer


Tom Sanders

Foundation Relations and Development Communications Officer