Sponsored Programs, Research and External Engagement

We foster a community of research by helping faculty and students advance scholarship, and growing opportunities to partner with corporations and foundations.

Supporting and Growing Research and Programming

Sponsored Programs, Research and External Engagement (SPREE) promotes research and scholarship, by supporting faculty, staff, and students in readying research and innovation projects, acquiring extramural funding, and appropriately administering active sponsored projects.

We oversee research compliance pertinent to sponsor agreements and government regulations, and build mutually-beneficial relationships with our corporate and foundation partners.

contact us

Derham Hall | Room 1
Mailbox #4286

Kira Dahlk, Director
651.690.8820 | Email Kira

Jon Okstad, Assistant Director
651.690.8822 | Email Jon

Grant Proposals and Management

We can help you prepare requests for funding, manage your awards, partner with corporations and foundations, build student internship and employment pipelines, and negotiate equipment and facility use. We also offer trainings, educational services and expertise to assist you in research development or securing funding and partnerships.

Browse our curated list of current funding opportunities, and use our one-stop shop in Kateway for proposal writing, budget development, and award management.

Research Integrity and Compliance

We are charged with oversight and support of research compliance at the University. SPREE is the administrative home of the Institutional Review Board (IRB), and administers Mentor IRB, the University’s research protocol management system used by faculty, students, academic advisers, and staff engaged in conducting human subjects research.