Sponsored Programs


Academic Building HC 207
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825

Executive Director

Funda Alp
Tel: 203-396-8241

Grants Specialist

Nina Yolen
Tel: 203-371-7958

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The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) partners with members of the SHU community in the pursuit and administration of funding for sponsored programs to expand knowledge, enhance teaching and service activities, direct innovative projects and research, and institute meaningful and progressive change.

In support of this mission, the Office of Sponsored Programs: 

  • Provides support and advisement through all phases of the grant application process along with post-award administration and compliance oversight.
  • Supports the University‚Äôs goal to increase faculty engagement in the pursuit of sponsored project funding. 
  • Provides guidance in identifying potential funding sources and grant writing and is responsible for reviewing and approving external funding applications for all grants, contracts and sub-contracts.

Latest News

Film and Television Students to Use $20K from Newman’s Own Foundation to Inspire Inclusion

December 7, 2017

Sacred Heart University’s Film and Television Master’s Program (FTMA) has received a $20,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation to develop a series of one-minute films promoting inclusion and diversity. Newman’s Own Foundation is a nonprofit organization that actor Paul Newman formed in 2005 to sustain the legacy of his philanthropic work. “Paul Newman’s dream of changing the lives of those less fortunate can only be fulfilled through the dedication of committed organizations like yours,” wrote Kelly Giordano, managing director of Newman’s Own Foundation, in a letter to SHU.

Professor Receives Templeton Foundation Grant

November 27, 2017

It’s a simple question but, strangely, no one seems to have asked: How do the non-religious make sense of life in the face of death and dying? So, Professor Christel Manning is asking it, through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation managed by the University of Kent. “In my first database research session on the subject, I typed in ‘religion and aging’ and got more than 1,000 results,” says Manning, who teaches religious studies at Sacred Heart. When she searched “atheism and aging,” she had “only two” results. Her searches showed disparities were similar across all facets of mortality.

Horizons Program Provides Another Year of Enrichment

July 25, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—For the sixth consecutive year, Horizons at Sacred Heart University is expanding the knowledge and skills of young Bridgeport students to help them succeed in school. Horizons at SHU is a summer academic enrichment program dedicated to closing the educational achievement gap that grows each summer between low-income children and their peers from middle- and higher-income families.