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Sponsored Programs aids in college's success

Sponsored Programs
Lori Schmidt, Deborah Gould and Jan McLaurin support faculty and staff in their research, creative and sponsored endeavors.

The Office of Sponsored Programs guides New Paltz faculty and staff through the task of obtaining funding and protecting research and special projects.

Jan McLaurin, assistant vice president for sponsored programs; Deborah Gould, assistant director of grant services; and Lori Schmidt, secretary, have the answers for New Paltz faculty and staff members looking to get funding from external sources for a wide range of projects and research.

The college spent a total of $3,741,258 from grants during the 2006-2007 fiscal year.

On campus, the School of Education receives the most external funding - 56 percent.

The largest sponsor of research and sponsored projects is the U.S. Department of Education (USDE), which provides 20 percent of the total grant funds that the college expends annually. Twenty-eight percent of the college's total grant expenditures comes from federal money administered through the New York State Department of Education.

The Migrant Educational Outreach Program receives the largest grant, totaling more than $1 million.

The office carries out its mission by increasing the number of successful applications the college sends out. The process begins with identifying potential funding sources.

The office provides faculty and staff with the tools and databases they need to secure funding from external sponsors for their research and special projects. Assistance in the development and submission of proposals, especially in creating a budget, is also available.

In addition, they provide opportunities for faculty and staff to increase their competitiveness in grant seeking by developing and hosting workshops.

"We want to develop a greater value of and sense of respect for SUNY New Paltz by outside constituents," said McLaurin.

They also work to protect the intellectual property of faculty and staff working at the college.

The Office of Sponsored Programs fulfills this mission by working with the Research Foundation Technology Transfer Office to handle issues on intellectual property, technology transfers and patents.

Last year, McLaurin's association with the Research Foundation was valuable for Maureen Morrow (Biology) when she filed for a provisional patent. Morrow said that the knowledge and information Sponsored Programs provided allowed her to focus on her project. McLaurin said Morrow is the first New Paltz faculty member to have a patent filed by the Research Foundation and the college.

Sponsored Programs is also involved in the development of internal funding programs, including the Provost's Research Award and the Grant Development Award.

McLaurin, Gould and Schmidt also help to maintain the institution's compliance with federal, state and sponsor regulations related to research and sponsored programs.

On campus, the Office of Sponsored Programs also promotes successful funding by rewarding recipients by hosting the Spotlight on Research and Creative Activity.

"It is important for faculty and staff to feel that their efforts are valued," said McLaurin.

To learn more, visit www.newpaltz.edu/ sponsored_programs.