Grants and Sponsored Projects


The Office of Grants and Sponsored Projects is responsible for reviewing, submitting, and accepting external funding for special projects, research, training, or technical assistance.


We contribute to the academic mission of Lesley by helping to obtain funds for sponsored programs and to assist in the management of those projects. The role of the Grant Officer is to facilitate the grant process by assisting faculty and staff with researching potential funding sources, submitting grant requests, research and anything else related to the process. 

In support of these goals, OGSP offers the following services.

Grant Officer Eileen Kronauer at or 617.349.8991.

Assist in identifying sponsors for university research and other projects

  • Meet with faculty to discuss projects, with faculty providing a brief description of each project, including amount of funding needed, and project timeline

  • Conduct individualized funding searches

  • Provide faculty with individual notices of funding opportunities
  • Train faculty, staff, or students to research funding sources using various databases

Support in proposal development

  • Serve as a liaison to sponsors
  • Assist in writing, edits, and reviewing proposals
  • Schedule meetings to review progress

Oversee approval routing process

  • The Grant Officer has primary oversight responsibilities for the timely review of proposals submitted on behalf of Lesley

2019 Grants Awarded

  • Porter Square Wall Art Project

    A grant of $1,000 from the Japan Foundation provided support to bring Japanese artist, Kaz Omori to Lesley University to facilitate the creation of a live public wall art in March 2019.  Mr. Omori provided local high school with Artists for Humanity in Boston and Lesley students an opportunity to further nurture their understanding of Japanese arts and culture by working together to create a public wall art at the Porter Square campus. The theme of the colorful design is Diversity. Associate Professor Kazuyo Kuba of Sociology coordinated the project.

  • Math Circle

    The Mary P. Dolciani Halloran Foundation awarded Lesley’s Math Circle $5,000 to offer middle school girls an opportunity to expand their understanding of what math is and can be. Math Circle is an after-school program held at Lesley for middle school girls from Somerville and Cambridge. The girls explore basic spherical geometry, bases and computer digital imagery; number theory puzzles; cryptography; deductive reasoning puzzles; and the mathematics of origami and paper folding. The program also explores mathematics in both art and music as well as analyzing the mathematics behind various games. Math Circle offers two consecutive sessions of six weeks each during the academic year on Friday afternoons at Lesley University Porter Square campus. The program is directed and taught by Dr. Kate Hendrix along with support from the Center for Mathematics Achievement’s faculty and staff, and Lesley students majoring in math and education. Approximately 20 girls attend each session.

  • Davis Educational Foundation

    In December 2019, Lesley received a grant of $193,349 from the Davis Educational Foundation to transform Lesley’s general education program for the students in our two undergraduate schools, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Art and Design. The project, entitled: An Outcome-Based General Education Curriculum to Enhance Student Engagement, Access, and Assessment, will involve a shift from a distribution model to one centered on a unique set of student learning outcomes. The transformation of our general education program will provide students with opportunities to synthesize and reflect on learning; apply knowledge and skills across disciplines; address complex problems with practical relevance, and appreciate the purpose and relevance of general education. This more holistic, intentional, and flexible approach to general education will not only enhance students’ preparation for a wide range of careers but also contain tuition costs by motivating them to engage in proactive academic planning and persist to graduation.

Grant Proposal Submission Process

  • Seek Dean Approval 

    A faulty member who has an idea for a project which requires external funding, should meet with the department Dean to discuss the project and seek initial approval to confirm that the project is a department priority and that the timing of the project is manageable.

  • Identify Funding Sources

    Once the PI has received initial approval from the Dean, PI should contact OGSP. If faculty (Principal Investigator (PI)) or staff have identified an external funding source for a project, they should send an email to Eileen Kronauer, Grant Officer at with a brief description of the project, amount of funding needed, and the web link to or information on the funding source. After review of the proposed project and funding guidelines, the Grant Officer will contact the PI to schedule a meeting to discuss the project and establish a timeline to prepare the proposal.

  • Initiate a Proposal Preliminary Grant Approval Form

    Following an initial meeting of the PI and Grant Officer, and it has been determined that the proposal can be completed in a timely fashion, the next step is for the PI to complete and submit a Preliminary Grant Approval form (though Dynamic Forms) along with a project summary and preliminary budget to the Dean and Provost for approval. This should be completed at least 3 months prior to the application deadline.

  • Identify Project Team

    PI will be responsible for identifying the project team, consisting of up to four Co-PIs as the leadership team as well as invite other faculty and staff to participate in the project, if appropriate. All members must commit to preparing the proposal on time. 

  • Proposal & Budget Development

    The PI will schedule a meeting with project participants and the Grant Officer to review the guidelines, discuss the project, assign responsible to team members to help write the proposal, and create a time line. The PI is responsible for writing the intellectual content of the proposal with input from the project team. Frequent team meetings are crucial to developing a competitive proposal on time. The PI may request the Grant Officer’s help in preparing an outline of the grant. The Grant Officer will be responsible for completing any application forms and collecting attachments, reviewing/editing drafts, and submitting the final proposal. The Grant Officer will help to facility the team meetings to ensure that the proposal remains on track and will request updates from team members at each meeting to keep the project on schedule. The PI and Dean will initiate the budget preparation. If the funder requires matching funds, the PI or Dean would discuss Lesley’s contribution with the Provost.

  • Final Internal Review

    Grant proposal applications are due to the OGSP for review at least five days prior to the deadline. The final proposal and budget are submitted to the Dean, Provost, and Budget Office for final approval. The Final Approval Grant Form may be accessed through Dynamic Forms. OGSP will keep the signed copy on file.

  • Submission

    Once the Grant Officer has been notified that the proposal and budget have received final approval, the proposal can be submitted. The Grant Officer will receive notification of approval or denial and notify the PI, team members, Dean, and Provost of the decision.

Post Grant Process

When a grant has been awarded to Lesley, the OGSP Grant Officer receives a notice from the funders about the award. The Grant officer notifies the PI, Dean, Provost, the Manager of Budgets and Operations (in the Dean’s office), and the Finance Office of the award and forwards a copy of the announcement and contract to them. The Grant Officer collaborate with the PI to review the award letter and begins routing the Grant Acceptance Checklist.

The Manager of Budgets and Operations reviews the award document or contract to identify any modifications to the budget and prepare any additional contract documents. Finance also receives the completed grant agreement contract from the Grants Officer, reviews, and executes contract, if needed. The Grant Officer obtains any required signatures on the contract and returns it to the funder. The PI and Grants Officer collaborate to create a project timeline and work plan. Once completed, the Manager of Budgets and Operations integrates the work plan into the school’s existing administrative systems, completes, and submits an Account Request Form to Finance who will create an account in Colleague, (Lesley’s system). Award Management: The Grants Officer will ensure that the project timelines are met and that all reporting requirements are submitted.

Principal Investigators Responsibilities

  • Review award letter/contract
  • Collaborate with Grant Officer to begin Grant Acceptance Checklist
  • Create a project timeline with Grant Officer
  • Meet with Manager of Budgets and Operations to review award and create work plan
  • Financial management of grant
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Reports Communicate with Grant Officer, Manager of Budgets and Operations, and Dean

Grant Resources

Foundation Directory Online Contact the Grant Officer for the login and password.

Grantmakers Search for funders by entering key words or the foundation’s by name.

H-Net Services (Humanities and Social Sciences Services Online) Lists calls for papers, publications; conferences; digital resources, workshops, journals, fellowships, grants, symposiums, lectures, summer programs, prizes and more for humanities and social sciences.

Duke University’s funding database is available to the public.

Federal Grants Searching for federal RFPs and abstracts of grants submitted.

National Science Foundation

National Institute of Health

Dept of Health & Human Services


Massachusetts Dept of Education

City of Boston Funding Opportunities 

For questions and more information, contact Grant Officer Eileen Kronauer at or 617.349.8991