Sponsored Programs, Research and External Engagement

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

Supporting and Growing Research and Programming

Sponsored Programs, Research and External Engagement (SPREE) supports and grows St. Kate's research community and programming innovations.

The University has a lot to be proud of in terms of advancements in scholarship and programs, including

  • federal investments totaling $6 million for the CATIE Center to serve as a national experiential learning model and to build the behavioral health interpreting workforce
  • $62,400 from the Mathematical Association of America for St. Kate’s to act as a regional host for the NSF-funded “statPREP” project, which aims to build faculty and student competencies in statistics
  • $7,575 from Ecumen, a nonprofit focused on dignity in aging, for nursing faculty to study workforce retention in local, long-term care settings.

contact us

St. Paul Campus
Derham Hall, Room 1

2004 Randolph Avenue
Mailbox #4286
St. Paul, MN 55105


Corporate and Foundation Relations

In fiscal year 2017, we brought in $8.51 million in funding from government and corporate/foundation partners.

These public and private investments reflect confidence in St. Kate’s varied strengths, including

  • our nationally recognized ASL interpreter training program
  • our dedication to building a strong STEM foundation for undergraduates
  • our long-standing commitment to serving the underserved, both locally and nationally

If you represent a corporation or foundation, you can support research, public events, campus initiatives and more with a grant or sponsorship. We help to steward the relationships between St. Kate's and our corporate and foundation partners.

get in touch

Beth Halloran, Executive VP and Chief Advancement Officer
651.690.6749 | Email Beth

Kira Dahlk, Director, SPREE
651.690.8820 | Email Kira

Jon Okstad, Assistant Director, SPREE
651.690.8822 | Email Jon

Grants and Sponsorships
Examples of current and past corporate sponsorships

Donor Recognition
Ways we recognize our donors' generosity

How to Give
Types of gifts accepted by the University

Ways to Give
Support the University through sponsorships, scholarships, endowments and more

Faculty Research

Proposals & Grant Management

We offer a singular gateway for funding requests, and 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 are available to help with

  • faculty development
  • project management
  • funding source research
  • proposal writing and submission
  • award/financial management
  • research compliance, including IRB
  • intellectual property services

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.

Or, browse grant opportunities available to faculty—or learn more about existing scholars and projects—in Sophia and Sophia Scholar.

Proposal Development and Grant Management Toolkit
Forms, guides and education to lead you through the grant process

Sophia Scholar
Find St. Kate's research in various disciplines

Institutional Review Board
Learn about IRB approval for Human Subject Research.

SPREE Collections in Sophia
Browse internal and external grant opportunities

Featured Research and Programs

Career-Ready Internships
Through a $397,793 Career Ready Internship Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation, the Center for Community Work and Learning will create more than 200 new paid internships during the 2015–2018 academic years.

Emergency Assistance for Low-Income Students
With the help of a grant awarded by Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates, Access and Success is able to extend financial assistance to any low-income student who meets the criteria, not just student-parents.

Improving Quality of Life for Children with Disabilities in Zambia
Professors Mary Hearst and Paula Rabaey were awarded $277,743 by GHR Foundation to pilot a project designed to reduce stigma and improve the quality of life for children with disabilities in Kanyama, Zambia.

Advancing Interpreter Education
The CATIE Center was awarded two U.S. Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration grants totaling $6 million to advance interpreter education.

Research Opportunities for Students

St. Kate's students are given incredible opportunities to participate in research with real-world implications. In academic year 2016–17, our Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviewed 210 applications for Human Subject Research, 163 of them from students!

Get more out of your St. Kate’s education when you take advantage of these sponsored programs and opportunities.

Assistantship Mentoring Program
Work with a mentor on a meaningful learning experience

Collaborative Undergraduate Research
Work alongside your professors as part of a team

Interprofessional Education
Participate in team-based clinical experiences

Prestigious Scholarships and Fellowships
Apply for a competitive national fellowship

Summer Scholars Program
Collaborate on research with a faculty member

Funded Programs

Explore the diverse slate of funded programs available through St. Kate's.

CATIE Center
Interpreter education

Career Ready Internship Program
Paid internships with nonprofits for juniors and seniors

CareForce Innovation
Providing better care and living options for older adults

CNA Pathways Program
Path to CNA jobs for students in health fields

CNA Certificate Training Program
Older adult care training for St. Kate's students

Center for Sales Innovation
Developing successful and ethical sales leaders

Henrietta Schmoll School of Health
Influencing health systems and policy through education

Master of Public Health in Global Health
Preparing students to strengthen health systems

National Center for STEM Elementary Education
Promoting and expanding K–8 STEM education

Women's Health Integrative Research Center
Transforming the study and practice of women's health

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.