Sponsored Programs Office The Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) is a service unit within the Provost's Office that seeks to engage and help university faculty, staff, ad students seeking outside support to fund research, scholarship, or programmatic projects that will have a positive impact on the Hamline University mission, strategic plan, and community. The principle investigator or project director will remain the content expert and be actively engaged in all aspects of grant seeking proposals. Our office will offer assistance in funding source research, proposal writing, budget formation/submission, award/financial management, and research compliance. Communication and teamwork are essential to a successful proposal. Please contact the Sponsored Programs Office early in your grant seeking process to explore all your available options. Get Started Need help getting started? Download our PI Checklist. Ready to pursue sponsored funding for your project? Complete the Proposal Concept - Funding Interest Form.