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 office creates policy documents that establish its working culture and guidelines and 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.

To avoid wasting time and effort on proposals that may not be eligible for a particular funder, remember that all grant proposal requests and sponsored research contracts must go through the OGSP. This office creates a grants calendar for the year, tracks existing grant awards, pending proposals, and those in development throughout the University. For example, if the University has applied recently for a different department or Principal Investigator (PI), you may not be eligible for a period of time, so don't risk needless rejection. Our office can help you successfully obtain funding.

To start the process, review these OGSP Submission Procedures, then fill out the OGSP Grant/Sponsored Program Contract Approval Form for grants totaling $15,000 or more. We look forward to working with you.

Patricia Bossange

Director, Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs

Phone Number: 508-626-4996

Patricia Bossange is the Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs at Framingham State University. She was previously FSU’s Development Officer, Corporate and Foundation Relations. 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 working with FSU faculty and staff to identify public and private funding sources, developing proposals, communicating with program officers, and managing progress reports on all grants. She is also the Fulbright Administrator at FSU, as well as the administrator for the University’s Institutional Review Board. Patricia has worked as a grant writing consultant, a teacher, assistant to the CEO of a conservation organization, a paralegal, and a legal secretary. She is associated with the Council of Advancement and Support of Education and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and has served on the Board of Directors for both the Performing Arts Center MetroWest and Framingham Centre Nursery School. Patricia is particularly inspired to be working at a state university as she is a firm believer in public education.

Carla C. Cataldo

Corporate and Foundation Relations Specialist

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.