External grants

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is SUNY Oswego's branch of the Research Foundation for SUNY, and is responsible for the development, coordination and financial management of all contracts and grants at the college. All externally sponsored projects for research, scholarly and creative services utilizing SUNY Oswego facilities or personnel must be processed and administered through ORSP.

Services and responsibilities


  • Search for potential funding sources 
  • Assist in project and proposal design 
  • Identify possible opportunities for collaboration
  • Provide a checklist and timeline
  • Review and edit draft documents to maximize competitiveness 
  • Develop a budget request 
  • Interpret sponsor guidelines and requirements 
  • Ensure submission procedures are followed 
  • Submit completed application 
  • Negotiate terms and conditions of a pending award


  • Manage hiring of grant-specific staff and processing payroll
  • Monitor grant funds (purchases and travel)
  • Bill and collect payments from sponsors
  • Assist with required reports to sponsors
  • Ensure compliance with university, sponsor, and government policies and procedures
  • Revise awarded grant budgets when necessary
  • Coordinate effort reporting
  • Assist with requests for no-cost extensions from sponsors

Getting started

Contact ORSP (orsp@oswego.edu) as soon as possible to indicate your intent to apply for a grant opportunity. If you’ve already identified a specific funding opportunity, let us know and provide a website link to the funding program description and guidelines. 

When is a grant externally sponsored?

A project is externally sponsored when a grant or contract is awarded to the Research Foundation for SUNY on behalf of the College in support of a specific activity. External sponsors consist of federal and state agencies, private foundations, professional organizations and business. Sponsored projects include, but are not limited to research, scholarly and creative activities, curriculum development and workshops or meetings.

Oracle and Report Center

The Research Foundation uses the Oracle business system to process human resources, grants administration, and purchasing/payables transactions. The business system is linked to the RF Report Center, which makes data available to principal administrators and administrators via easy-to-understand dashboards.

Fast facts 2022-23

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  For assistance with external grants, please contact our office.

  Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

210 Sheldon Hall
8:00am - 4:30pm

Phone: 315.312.2890
Fax: 315.312.3177
Email: orsp@oswego.edu