Grants and Sponsored Programs

The Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs manages all functions related to sponsored programs at Montana State University-Northern defined as any activity, research or otherwise, that is funded by an external source such as federal, state, or private organizations. We take a comprehensive managerial approach and engage in the award life cycle from assisting with locating funding opportunities to the close out of a grant or award.

Title III & V · MSU-Northern is an Eligible Institution under Title III and Title V · Certification Letter 

MSU-Northern Policies

Post-Award Services

  • Assisting principal investigators/project directors in award administration;
  • Interpreting and fostering compliance with sponsor rules, regulations, guidelines, etc.;
  • Liaising with external sponsors;
  • Maintaining proper fiscal management, in cooperation with the budget analyst in Business Services
  • Preparation of outgoing contracts/subcontracts to sub recipients;
  • Preparation or assistance with the preparation of all funding agency reports, as required, in conjunction with the principal investigator and/or the accounting office;
  • Assistance with non-competing continuation applications;
  • Participation in audits; and
  • Providing workshops in post-award management.

Pre-Award Services

The Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs offers a wide variety of services to assist faculty and staff with obtaining sponsored funding.

  • Identifying and disseminating funding opportunities;
  • Liaising with funding sources;
  • Review and interpretation of grant application instructions;
  • Technical assistance with pre-proposal or proposal preparation issues;
  • Developing/assisting with proposal budgets;
  • Reviewing and submitting proposals;
  • Administering electronic research administration functions working with various federal systems (i.e.,, Fastlane ,
  • Completing university assurances/certifications;
  • Resolving compliance issues;
  • Coordinating review/processing of incoming contracts/subcontracts; and
  • Providing workshops