Getting Started

​Advanced planning is one of the most important aspects of writing a successful grant proposal. Faculty is encouraged to begin investigating potential sources of funding approximately one year before the planned research period. Please be cognizant that CFGR needs at least 10 business days in advance of the deadline to review all proposals before submission.

Tell us your idea

The Corporate, Foundation & Government Relations Office is responsible for all grant-seeking and funding opportunities undertaken by members of the Trinity College community. Please notify the director of faculty grants about any planned grant proposals or fellowship applications as soon as possible. The office is available to help with all aspects of your proposal.

Search for Funding

Information Sources

Trinity College currently subscribes to the following online databases for funding opportunities:

These database subscriptions are domain-enabled so that any member of the Trinity College community may use them. The databases are regularly updated and provide daily or weekly updates on new funding opportunities.
The Faculty Grants Office is happy to train faculty in the use of these databases. The director welcomes comments from faculty members about these services and suggestions for additional resources CFGR should consider.

Useful Web Addresses

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Fellowships for research differ from grants because most are paid directly to the applicant, not to the institution, and often provide only personal expenses such as stipend, travel, and some research expenses. Some fellowship awards—for example, NEH Fellowships—require that the recipient devote full time to research during the award’s tenure. The department chair and dean of the faculty must approve any faculty member’s absence or reduction of teaching and administrative duties at the time of the application. Approvals are collected via the internal transmittal form. Whenever possible, faculty members should adhere to the College’s schedule for notice of intended leave, that is, by September 10 of the academic year preceding the leave. Please inform the director of faculty grants of all fellowship applications and outcomes, so that she can assist in facilitating matching salary funds where available, publicity and post-award reporting.

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Corporate, Foundation & Government Relations Office

Contact information:

Amy Brough
Director of Institutional Support
(860) 297-5315

Kristin Magendantz
Director of Faculty Grants and Sponsored Research
(860) 297-5347

Carol Darr
Associate Director of Corporate, Foundation & Government Relations
(860) 297-2339

Elizabeth Fitzgerald
Assistant Director of Corporate, Foundation & Government Relations
(860) 297-4287

Ellen Hart
Assistant Director of Institutional Support
(860) 297-4148