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.

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.