Office of Grants & Sponsored Programs

The Framingham State University (FSU) Office of Grants & Sponsored Programs (OGSP) provides guidance to faculty, administrators, and staff on the grant application process. The OGSP cultivates relationships on behalf of FSU with external philanthropic organizations, helps develop ideas and projects for grants, facilitates the completion and submission of grant applications and sub-awards, and oversees the compliance reporting process. Additionally, the group creates policy documents that establish its working culture and guidelines and that align with Federal and state regulations. The OGSP is a component of the Division of Academic Affairs at FSU, reporting to the Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Patricia Bossange

Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs

Phone Number: 508-626-4996

Patricia Bossange has been the Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs since 2018, previously she was the Development Officer, Corporate and Foundations Relations, since 2011. She received undergraduate and graduate degrees in English Literature from Boston College and was an Orchestral Performance Major at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her work for the OGSP includes identifying private foundation funding sources, developing proposals, communicating with program officers, and managing progress reports on private foundation grants. Patricia has worked as a grant writing consultant, a grants intern, a teacher, an assistant, a paralegal, and a legal secretary. She is associated with the Council of Advancement and Support of Education and the Association of Funding Professionals and has served on the Board of Directors for both the Performing Arts Center MetroWest and Framingham Centre Nursery School.

Carla C. Cataldo

Grant Writer

Phone Number: 508-626-4679

Carla Cataldo, formerly the Principal of Proposals, Etc., since 2002, joined the OGSP in spring 2019. She holds a B.A. degree in Government and Latin American Studies from Smith College and a Master of Public Policy degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Her background includes working at all three levels of government, local, state and federal, prior to transitioning to the non-profit field. She has obtained grants for numerous clients in the areas of: housing, education, social services, arts, historic preservation, and transportation. A long-time member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, she is a popular workshop presenter on grant topics. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of HMEA, Inc., a $40M human service agency serving people with developmental disabilities.

Jena Shepard

Administrative Assistant

Phone Number: 508-215-5884

Jena Shepard has been the Administrative Assistant for the Office of Grants & Sponsored Programs and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness since July 2017. She received the undergraduate degree in Psychology from Salem State University. During her time at Salem State University, she was selected to represent the Psychology Department and present her research at the 2009 Annual Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior symposium. Jena has worked as a Data Analyst for Ives Group, Electro/Mechanical Assembler for Precision Digital, and as a Receptionist for Natick Animal Clinic.