Sponsored Programs, Research and External Engagement (SPREE)

We engage and support University faculty, staff and students to advance research, scholarship and its impacts on our communities.

Research and Sponsored Programs offers faculty development; project management; funding source research; proposal writing and submission; award/financial management; research compliance, including IRB; and intellectual property services.

Our Mission
Sponsored Programs, Research and External Engagement (SPREE) advances the mission of St. Catherine University by promoting research and scholarship; knowledge dissemination; academic program innovation; and student scholarship, loan, internship, and research opportunities.

SPREE serves as the administrative unit accountable for supporting faculty, staff, and students in readying research and innovation projects, acquiring extramural funding, and appropriately administering approximately $8 million in active sponsored projects.

SPREE also oversees research compliance pertinent to sponsor agreements and government regulations, including committees, policies, systems, training, and tools that underscore the University community’s commitment to the ethical conduct of research and scholarship.

Contact Us

St. Paul Campus
Derham Hall | Room 2
2004 Randolph Avenue
Mailbox# 4286
St. Paul, MN 55105


Access the PI Toolkit

Proposal Development & Grant Management Tools

We provide a one-stop shop, our PI Toolkit, that supports your funding search, proposal writing and budget development, along with forms and resources to managing an award. See the toolkit for tools and processes to search for funding, acquire funding, and manage an award.

Funding & Award Management

SPREE provides support to principal investigators (PIs) and project directors (PDs) to search and identify funding sources. After a grant is awarded, the focus of the Principal Investigator (PI) shifts from proposal writing to managing an award. See the SPREE PI toolkit for tools and processes to search for funding, acquire funding, and manage an award.

Check out current funding announcements curated by SPREE staff, or subscribe to the RSS feed for funding announcements. Contact us for assistance preparing grant proposals for these, or other, funding opportunities.

SOPHIA, an e-community of scholarship and creativity, is an online repository provided by the Libraries of St. Catherine University. Its purpose is to collect and make accessible new knowledge created by the students, faculty, and staff of the University, encourage collaboration and innovation, and increase the visibility of our research and scholarship. Members of the academic community are invited to contribute their completed scholarship and creative works.

Fellowships are prestigious, competitive, national awards for students who have completed or nearly completed their bachelor’s degree and wish to pursue graduate or professional studies at an accredited university. Below are tools and resources to assist you in exploring and applying for fellowships. It is never too early to start preparing. Eligible applicants are highly encouraged to apply.

St. Catherine University strives to foster a scholarly community committed to sound, ethical teaching and learning experiences that benefit the health and well-being of society. Whether in the lab, clinic, archive, classroom or community, St. Kate’s scholars uphold key values necessary to advance knowledge: honesty, avoidance of error and conflicts of interest, accountability, stewardship of resources, respect for intellectual property, responsible authorship, protection of human and animal subjects, quality mentoring and respectful collaboration.

As a key member of this scholarly community, St. Catherine University’s Graduate College encourages departments to establish Graduate Assistant positions and Trainee Professional Development Programs where appropriate, to promote development of students’ academic rigor and creativity, independent judgment, intellectual honesty, and ability to communicate knowledge, while providing financial support to students.

The Collaborative Undergraduate Research programs allows for students to find opportunities to collaborate meaningfully with faculty. They help conceptualize a project, participate in research and share outcomes with experts while participating in student-faculty Summer Scholars teams for an intensive 10-week enrichment experience.

Training and Education

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs offers a wide range of trainings, educational services and expertise to assist you in your grantwork. A few presentation topic areas are:

  • Finding Funding : "How to Fish"
  • Getting Started: Proposal Preparation
  • Submission Follow-up and Feedback
  • Classroom Trainings
  • Content Specific Group Presentations

Mandatory Research Compliance Education: CITI

CITI, Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative, is a provider of online, peer-reviewed research integrity education. St. Kate's assembles CITI modules to create courses--each serving a different purposes and audiences.

More information about CITI training requirements can be found on the IRB webpage or the CITI Program site.

Training and Education Events

Event Date Time Location
Internal Grants 101 Workshop September 12, 2017 12–1 p.m. CdC 355
Graduate College Research Series Lunch & Learn: Using a Mixed-Methods Approach to Assess Instructional Effectiveness September 14, 2017 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Library 128
How to Submit an IRB Application September 28, 2017 12–1 p.m. Mendel 205
Graduate College Research Series Lunch & Learn: Case Studies October 12, 2017 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Library 128
Graduate College Research Series Lunch & Learn: Photovoice November 9, 2017 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Library 128
Developing Fundable Program Plans November 14, 2017 12–1 p.m. CdC 355
Graduate College Research Series Lunch & Learn: Community-based Collaborative Action Research December 14, 2017 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Library 128
All Things Budget for Your Grant January 23, 2018 12–1 p.m. CdC 495
APDC and GHR Workshop March 19, 2018 12–1 p.m. CdC 361
Developing Fundable Program Plans March 27, 2018 12–1 p.m. CdC 362

Policy and Compliance

Research Integrity: Engaging in ethical research and scholarship and reporting misconduct reinforce the central aim of the academic enterprise: the pursuit of knowledge. St. Catherine University provides the following policies and resources to foster a culture of research integrity and compliance.

Faculty and staff must complete a grant approval form and receive University approval prior to submitting a proposal for external funding. The Form must be submitted 15 business days prior to the application deadline for proposals under $10,000; 20 days for proposals of $10,000 to $100,000 and 25 days for over $100,000.

Please follow the grant approval form instructions for assistance.

Through the approval process, University stakeholders ensure:

  • Proposed initiatives align with University mission and strategy.
  • Faculty release time, facility and IT needs can be accommodated.
  • University cost sharing requirements can be accommodated.
  • Compliance requirements are met prior to submission.

Grant approval sparks SPREE support from proposal development through submission as described in the applicable service agreement.

The amount of spending on federal government grants and contracts and increased reporting of contractor misconduct have prompted regulations around debarment and suspension. All vendors and key personnel engaged in federal grants or contracts must be checked against the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) database to certify they are not debarred or suspended. Supporting documentation that provides evidence of certification must be maintained.

This Financial Conflicts of Interest (FCOI) Policy is designed to meet PHS and NSF regulatory requirements. It is predicated on the expectation that Investigators conduct their affairs so as to avoid or minimize conflicts and respond appropriately when conflicts arise. Investigators have an obligation to become familiar with and abide by this policy.

The intent of St. Kate’s Indirect Cost Policy is to foster research, academic innovation, scholarly enterprise and the dissemination of knowledge while catalyzing greater external sponsorship to the University.

This policy describes the guiding principles and regulatory requirements necessary to ensure the rights, dignity, welfare, and privacy of the human subjects in all research conducted on behalf of the St. Catherine University. The components within this policy are intended to comply with the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, also known as The Common Rule.

Through this Intellectual Property Policy, the University brings its approach to copyright in alignment with what it perceives as the norm among institutions of higher education today. St. Catherine University is committed to fostering a community where faculty members, staff and students engage in learning, professional growth, scholarship and research.

The Research Integrity Committee guides assessment, development and maintenance of robust research infrastructure and compliance programs essential to research integrity at St. Catherine University.

The University, its researchers and scholars recognize research integrity is essential within the liberal arts and professional disciplines, and that failure to engage in ethical research and scholarship or to report misconduct, undermine a central aim of the academic enterprise: the pursuit of knowledge. In line with these values and all applicable federal regulations governing the conduct of research, including but not limited to 42 CFR Parts 93, this document provides the University’s policy and procedures guiding response to allegations of research misconduct involving University faculty, staff and students, as well as others engaged in research affiliated with the University.

St. Catherine University has adopted a policy that makes training in Responsible Conduct of Research & Scholarship (RCRS) mandatory for all faculty and students paid with wages from internal or external grants and contracts (also known as sponsored projects). Training is mandatory at least every four years and must be completed before students and faculty can be paid wages funded through sponsor projects.

This policy describes how St. Catherine University ensures its research investigators, research advisors (including students of all degree levels, faculty and staff), IRB members, staff, and other personnel maintain continuing knowledge of and comply with their legal and ethical obligations to protect human subjects in conducting research.

Any PI/PD planning to distribute participant incentives must work through Sponsored Programs, Research and External Engagement (SPREE); including purchasing, filing documentation of participant incentives distributed and returning undistributed participant incentives. SPREE maintains documentation for audit and supports the PI/PD in safeguarding confidentiality of study participants. The Business Office conducts spot audits and ensures compliance with IRS regulations.

The University's Time & Effort Policy is the means by which the University community fulfills federal, sponsor and University requirements for effort reporting. As a recipient of public and private grants and contracts for research and demonstration, the University must assure that assignment of time (effort) and associated salary are fair, consistent, and timely.