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The grants office (or CFSR) supports the university’s fundraising efforts, primarily through grants for faculty research and for larger institutional projects. Acting as a clearinghouse for all grant submissions, we work collaboratively with the Office of the President, the Provost's Office, and faculty members to ensure that all proposals conform to the funder’s guidelines, fit the mission of the school, and reflect the high standards of Lawrence University.

Lawrence supports the scholarship, research, artistry and outreach efforts of its faculty through internal grants as well as support for external grant-seeking.

The first step to obtaining project funding is figuring out where to apply. Project funds come from either internal or external sources.

Internal Funding

If the required funding is fairly small (a few hundred to few thousand dollars), the Provost's Office has internal funds for things like curriculum development, travel to professional conferences and faculty-student research. This money is limited, however, so huge requests cannot usually be accommodated—and it’s always better to get your application in sooner than later. Learn how to apply.

External Funding

Many faculty members, in a wide range of disciplines, secure grant funding from external sources: private foundations, government agencies and corporate sponsorship.  The Corporate, Foundation, and Sponsored Research Support Office will work collaboratively to support your search for external grants.

If the grant will be payable to Lawrence University, then CFSR must approve the proposal before submission. This ensures that the budget reflects LU standard policies, that all institutional information is up to date, and that your proposal is appropriately coordinated with others that might be going to the same funder. On the other hand, if you are applying for a fellowship or other grant that is paid directly to you as an individual, you may apply on your own if you wish.

Learn more about external grants and fellowships.

When should I contact the Provost or Grants Office about a grant idea?

The sooner the better!

It is never too early to approach us with a grant idea, we can help at any stage of project or proposal development.

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