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Sponsored Programs

The Office of Sponsored Programs provides leadership and administrative support to members of the Bentley research community engaged in the development and submission of proposals for grants and contracts to governmental agencies. Proposals may support research, curriculum development, instruction, service and other projects and programs. 

We’re here to help you

  • Identify funding opportunities
  • Develop grant proposals
  • Find guidance on research objectives
  • Accept and/or negotiate all government contracts and grants received 

Before you begin

We’re eager to work with faculty to refine their ideas, find matching sponsors, write and submit persuasive proposals and steward the relationship after funding has been received. We’ll simplify and standardize the proposal submission process for you to ensure a successful grant application. And we strive to assist anyone pursuing external funding.

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Proposal Development

Here are links to information regarding proposal writing:

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

National Science Foundation

Bentley has received copyright permission for you to copy and use the following excellent additonal article on proposal writing:

Proposal Writing Short Course
The Foundation Center, 79 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Policies and Procedures

Prospective Principle Investigators and Project Leaders should contact Susan Richman about any procedures that may need to be followed in regard to their particular proposal(s).  In general, remember that awards made to the college on behalf of a faculty member must be formally approved prior to the proposal submission to the agency. 

Research with Human Subjects

Research with human subjects must be considered by Bentley's Institutional Review Board (IRB). Applications to the IRB must be submitted well in advance for the committee's consideration. Susan Richman provides administrative support to the IRB and should be contacted for additional information about IRB review procedures.

Conflict of Interest

Following federal requirements, the college has developed a Conflict of Interest Policy for major participants on grants.   A Conflict of Interest form must be completed and turned in before a proposal is submitted.

CITI Program

Bentley University has subscribed to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program).

The CITI Program is a web-based research education platform that provides courses in:


  • Human Subjects Research
  • Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Conflict of Interest

Anyone can register and access the training modules using their Bentley email address.

Students who are receiving funding through an award from the National Science Foundation are required to take Responsible Conduct of Research training and the Principal Investigator is required to ensure this is done.

Human Subjects Research (HSR)

CITI Program’s HSR covers the historical development of human subject protections, as well as current information on regulatory and ethical issues. This training satisfies the NIH requirement for IRB training.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

The RCR series covers core norms, principles, regulations, and rules governing the practice of research. CITI Program’s RCR series consist of a basic course, complemented with a set of additional modules of interest, and a refresher course.

Conflicts of Interest (COI)

The COI series covers the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) regulations on financial conflicts of interest and an investigator’s responsibilities relating to the disclosure of “Significant Financial Interests.” Any Principal Investigator or key personnel on a proposal to a PHS agency is required to complete this training and also submit a signed Financial Conflict of Interest form to the Sponsored Programs office before a proposal is submitted.


For questions about training requirements or obtaining training certificates, please contact:

Susan Richman
Director of Sponsored Programs | 781-891-2660

If you experience technical difficulty, please contact CITI support.




Questions? Contact the Office of Sponsored Programs.
Susan Richman
Director of Foundation Relations and Sponsored Programs
LaCava 225 | 781.891.2660 |