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The Office of Foundation and Corporate Relations: The Office of Foundation and Corporate Relations works in partnership with Skidmore College's faculty, administration, alumni and friends to secure external funding from national, regional and local foundations and corporations for campus priorities and programs. The work that we do helps the College to offer new and innovative programs, support faculty-driven initiatives, expand the curriculum, enhance the physical plant and improve the quality of life for our community.

Office of Sponsored Research: The mission of the Office of Sponsored Research is to provide faculty members with the support and resources needed to fund and manage their creative, scholarly, and research endeavors. The Office provides high-quality services to the Skidmore community with the goal of increasing externally sponsored funding for individual faculty research while also ensuring compliance with College and sponsor policies and regulations.

AWARD HIGHLIGHT: dance to success

Previous research sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts has reported on the relationship between arts engagement and at-risk youth. It was found that students with low socioeconomic status but with a high exposure to the arts demonstrate higher college enrollment and show improved academic achievement than their non-arts-exposed peers. The Dance to Success program (PI: Sarah DiPasquale) is designed to improve student learning outcomes by means of making high-quality dance accessible to public-school teachers in districts with high rates of student socioeconomic disadvantage. Dance to Success provides teachers with web-based access to 3-5 minute dance videos, consisting of original, brain-based movement geared to promote body-mind connectivity and improve student focus. Teachers are asked to utilize the dance videos with their students before every assessment given and, additionally, as ‘brain breaks’ as they see fit throughout the school day. Skidmore College students create the videos on campus as part of the program’s pre-college overlay. The aim of Dance to Success is to demonstrate the importance of dance and movement integration in public-school education through quantitative analysis of state and local assessment scores, reading levels, behavior referrals, and attendance as compared to a control group of nonparticipating classrooms. Furthermore, a qualitative assessment of teacher, student, and parent perceptions will allow for additional insight into the program. To our knowledge, our study is the first of its kind to both quantitatively and qualitatively investigate the use of dance in relation to student achievement and, more specifically, the relationship between dance exposure and at-risk youth.

PROJECT Personnel Profile:      sarah dipasquale







Sarah DiPasquale PT, DPT, is an Assistant Professor and Associate Chair of Dance at Skidmore College. She earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Sage Graduate School and a B.S. in Health and Exercise Science from Syracuse University. As a dancer, she trained at The Center for Ballet and Dance Arts (Syracuse, NY), the Boston Conservatory, and danced professionally with the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company.

Sarah’s performance career ended early due to injury, and she now focuses her passion for dance into educating others.  She works zealously to create opportunities to make dance training easily accessible and available to all people. Her scholarship focuses primarily on the effects of dance training on people who are differently-abled and at-risk youth.  Sarah has recently published work in The Journal of Dance Education, Performance Enhancement & Health, Arts& Health, Sports, Medical Problems of Performing Artists, and has presented her research at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science Conferences (IADMS) and the American Physical Therapy Association National Convention.  

SPONSOR PROFILE:                            THE gkv foundation                      

GKV foundation






The GKV Foundation was created in 2017 and awarded its first grants in March 2018. The Foundation was started after the founder decided that he wanted to become more knowledgeable about how one could improve society through using the arts as educational tools.

The objective of the GKV Foundation is to positively impact individual development, community well-being, national values, and global climate change through the use of a broad range of artistic expression such as  the visual arts, music, dance, and beyond.

The targeted programs will be on the wish lists of established not-for-profits; big ideas with great potential but as of yet, unfunded and, by consequence, untested. The goal is that with GKV first-year funding enough measurable results will be achieved to attract sustaining funding from other sources.

To learn more about the GKV Foundation, please visit

Upcoming Opportunities

January 2020

National Endowment for the Humanities

National Endowment for the Arts

National Geographic

Whitehall Foundation

National Science Foundation

New York Foundation for the Arts

Spencer Foundation

February 2020

Henry David Thoreau Foundation

National Endowment for the Humanities

National Institutes of Health

National Science Foundation

March 2020

Clare Boothe Luce Program

Spencer Foundation

American Philosophical Society

American Psychological Association

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From Nature, 12/6/19: "What the United Kingdom's 'Brexit election' means for science”

Promises to raise research spending and take action on climate change overshadowed by scientists’ fears about leaving the European Union.

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From U.S. News and World Report, 12/4/19: "Senate Reaches Bipartisan Agreement to Fund HBCUs”

Senate Republicans and Democrats reached an agreement to permanently fund historically black colleges and universities and other minority serving institutions after a months-long standoff during which federal funding for the schools expired.

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From the National Institutes of Health, 12/3/19: "Updated Grant Application Instructions and Forms Coming in Spring 2020”

NIH will require the use of updated application forms and instructions (FORMS-F) for due dates on or after May 25, 2020 (NOT-OD-20-026). A preview of form changes and clarification of how the changes impact research training grant, fellowship, and career development award applications (NOT-OD-20-033) are already available. Additional details will be posted early next year.

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From Inside Higher Ed, 11/22/19: "A New Kind of 'Big Deal' for Elsevier”

Carnegie Mellon University and Elsevier Thursday announced a new agreement to radically change how the institution pays to read and publish research. Instead of paying separately to access Elsevier’s catalog of paywalled content and publish open-access articles in Elsevier journals, Carnegie Mellon will pay one flat fee for both. The deal means that starting on Jan. 1, 2020, all principal investigators publishing in Elsevier journals will have the option of making their research immediately available to the public, at no additional cost.

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From Philanthropy News Digest, 10/31/19: "Foundation Funding for Higher Ed Focused on Access, Career Readiness”

The top priority for private foundations that provide support for higher education is access and success for disadvantaged students, a report from Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and the TIAA Institute finds.

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From the National Science Foundation, 10/8/19: "NSF leads federal partners in accelerating the development of transformational, AI-powered innovation"

The National Science Foundation today announced the creation of a new program that will significantly advance research in AI and accelerate the development of transformational, AI-powered innovation by allowing researchers to focus on larger-scale, longer-term research. The National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes program anticipates approximately $120 million in grants next year to fund planning grants and up to six research institutes in order to advance AI research and create national nexus points for universities, federal agencies, industries and nonprofits.

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From The Scientist, 9/4/19: "Universities Grapple with Donor Behavior"

The Jeffrey Epstein scandal has focused attention on funding of higher education institutions by patrons with disgraceful behavior.

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