About the Grants Office


The Grants Office works with the entire Excelsior College community to identify and secure external funding for projects which fit closely with the College’s strategic plan and have been designated as a high priority by College leadership.

Responsibilities include:

  • Identifying and researching external funding opportunities
  • Working with Excelsior staff to develop proposals
  • Identifying appropriate external partners for new project ideas
  • Assisting with the successful launch of funded projects
  • Assuring that all federal policies and procedures are followed
  • Completing required reports to funders in a timely manner.


Funded Project Highlights

Excelsior Online Writing Lab

The multimedia open access Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL) has won a long list of national awards for its innovation and effectiveness. Its innovations are based on a wealth of research indicating that greater engagement, scaffolding, and immediate feedback lead to increased student learning. Pilot studies attest to its effectiveness in improving writing skills and grades. The Excelsior OWL has been made possible thanks to the support of U.S. Department of Education, Kresge Foundation, and the NYS Higher Education Services Corporation.


The Diagnostic Assessment & Achievement of College Skills (DAACS) will revolutionize the way students enter and progress through college.  DAACS was conceived as a response to a large body of research showing placement tests with remediation were unsuccessful in assuring student retention and degree completion. The DAACS tool is a low-stakes open access assessment providing students with immediate formative feedback on their academic and non-academic skills including links to relevant tutorials. This project has been made possible thanks to the support of a $3 million U.S. Department of Education First in the World (FITW) grant.


The Veteran’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (VBSN) veteran support initiative assists veterans pursuing the RN to BS in Nursing at Excelsior College. It is funded by a three-year, $1,019,181 award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).