Sponsored Research and Programs

Funding Opportunities

Preparing Proposals

Policies and Procedures


Finding & Applying for Funds

Types of External Support


The sponsor identifies funding priorities generally under a broad definition of program goals and announces a "competition" for awards. Applicants develop a proposal to fit into one or two priority areas and submit the application for review. Most of the sponsored research and programs at Plattsburgh are awarded through the grant mechanism. Applications for grant programs usually occur on a yearly or semi-annual basis.


The sponsor issues an RFP (Request for Proposals) in which the type of work - a study, services or resulting product - is specified.

Proposals are referred to as "bids" and the time between the announcement and the closing date is usually thirty days or less. Bidding competitions are not routinely scheduled and each awarded contract is a negotiated, binding agreement.


Also referred to as awards and/or stipends, this category of external support is for individual faculty/staff members generally to support a period of study, research and/or teaching while on a sabbatical or other leave.

Sources of External Support

Public Sector Funding

Includes federal, state, county and city agencies. All ongoing or new programs offered throughout the federal government are listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, with application deadlines published in the Federal Register (other resources are available in the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs and the Reference Section of Feinberg library). Request for Proposals (contract bidding) are announced in the Commerce Business Daily (available in the Feinberg Library). The State of New York funds grant activities through various state agencies such as the State Education Department, Department of Environmental Conservation, Adirondack park Agency, Department of Health, and so forth. County and city agencies sometimes have funds available to carry out a specific project. Usual funding from a county or city agency is done on a contract basis and no formalized or ongoing listing of available funds is maintained, but information is gained through individual personal contact.

Private Sector Funding

Foundations: Private foundations are non-profit organizations that usually have specific areas they are interest in funding. Most references that contain foundation listings do not indicate specifically the activities the foundation may support. For instance, a foundation might be listed as supporting education but really be interested in contributing only to endowment funds of private colleges. In order to obtain accurate guidelines and up-to-date information private foundations, the office of Sponsored Research and Programs routinely requests the most recent annual report and grant application guidelines form these funding sources.


Corporation giving has exceeded Foundation grants for several years. Most corporations are now taking advantage of laws that allow tax credits on money and other support donated to non-profit organizations. Most seek proposals in the same manner as foundations. Reference materials on potential corporate sponsors are available in the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs and the Reference Section of Feinberg Library.

New York State and United University Professions Programs

Professional Development Individual Award Program (PDIAP)

The State of New York/United University Professions Professional Development & Quality of Worklife Committee’s Individual Development Awards Program is intended to assist eligible full-time and part-time employees in the Professional Services Negotiating Unit (08) in the development of their full professional potential in preparing for advancement. Up to a maximum of $1,000 per proposal may be awarded (average award is $200—$350).

NYS/UUP Campus Grants & Campus Grants on Technology

In the past, the State of New York and United University Professions mutually agree upon the following objectives for campus grants:

  • Encourage cooperative problem solving;
  • Strengthen professional development;
  • Enhance the quality of working life and the creative use and understanding of technology;
  • Foster safer working conditions, while expanding affirmative action programs;
  • Provide professional enrichment opportunities;
  • Increase communication.

Additional Joint Labor Management Programs

  • Grants for Employees with Disabilities
  • Special Project Funds
  • Wright Memorial Safety & Health Training Program
  • Enrollment Enhancement Program
  • Employment Counseling & Placement Program
  • Retraining Fellowship Program

For more information on Joint Labor Management programs, call (518) 564-2155. Online at: web.plattsburgh.edu/offices/admin/sponsoredresearch/

Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Affirmative Action/Diversity Leave Program

This program is intended to enhance employment opportunities for minority group members, women, employees with a disability, or Vietnam-era veterans in the Professional Services Negotiating Unit (08) by assisting them to prepare for permanent or continuing appointment within SUNY. In the past, these leaves were for one full semester and covered both salary replacement and project-related expenses.

Contact Information

For more information about sponsored research at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Michael Simpson, Director
Office: Beaumont 260
Phone: (518) 564-2155
Email: [email protected]

SUNY Plattsburgh
Kehoe 815
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901