Office of Grants and Research Development

Grants and Research Development is staffed by Charlotte Smith, University Grants Manager. She is available to assist faculty and staff with:

  • Locating funding opportunities for sponsored projects
  • Reading and interpreting sponsor’s guidelines for proposal submissions
  • Connecting faculty and staff with program officers to discuss proposal ideas and/or clarify sponsor’s guidelines
  • Creating timelines for developing complex proposal submissions
  • Developing proposal materials, such as the scope of work, project description, budget, budget justification, supporting documents, etc.
  • Providing feedback on draft proposal materials
    • Note: If substantive feedback is requested, please submit materials no later than two weeks prior to the sponsor’s deadline.  For feedback on technical/scientific content, faculty and staff are advised to seek peer review.
  • Submitting all proposal materials to the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (ORSP) for final review and required internal approvals prior to submission to the sponsor
    • Note: Please submit materials to ORSP no later than five–seven full business days prior to the sponsor’s deadline.
  • Ensuring faculty and staff meet sponsors’ reporting and stewardship requirements for awarded projects

Register for Grantsmanship Workshops this Fall!

If you would like to learn more about grants or brush up on your grant writing skills, please consider participating in the following workshops being offered in person this month:

Finding Grant Funding Workshop
Friday, September 15, 12:00–1:30, HIG 223/1927 Room
Learn about strategies for locating funding opportunities and get an introduction to SPIN, a searchable database of federal, non-profit, and foundation funding opportunities, led by Charlotte Smith, University Grants Manager, with Tim Elgren, Chief Research Officer and Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations.  We should have time for you to start a funding search of your own as well!
Please register here no later than Wednesday, September 13.


Grant Proposal Development Workshop
Friday, September 22, 12:00–1:30,  HIG 223/the 1927 Room
Find out how to develop a grant proposal to fund your research and scholarly/creative activities, led by Charlotte Smith, University Grants Manager, with Tim Elgren, Chief Research Officer and Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations.  We’ll cover the basics of proposal writing, plus review university processes and procedures for submitting grants and the resources available to assist you.

Please register here no later than Wednesday, September 20.

Building a Budget for Grant Applications Workshop
Friday, September 29, 12:00–1:30, HIG 223/the 1927 Room 
Understand the basics of budget development, including policies which guide creating budgets appropriately and general budget terms applicable to a variety of federal, non-profit, and private sponsors. This workshop, led by Charlotte Smith, University Grants Manager, with Steve Birkhofer, Special Funds Accountant, will also address individual workshop participants’ questions about budget planning for specific projects.
Please register here no later than Wednesday, September 27

Apply for the Preparation for Research Engagement Program (PREP)!

In order to support faculty and staff success with grant seeking, the Preparation for Research Engagement Program (PREP) supports the costs of faculty/staff attending training opportunities such as workshops, conferences, and seminars on grant seeking, grant writing, community/partner engagement, project development, etc.  Faculty/staff will provide the first $50 of the training from their departmental professional development funds, and PREP funds will pay the remaining amount, up to $450, on a reimbursement basis.  Note: for trainings costing more than $500, the faculty/staff member would pay the excess amount from their personal funds.

After identifying a training opportunity you wish to attend, in person or virtually, just please complete the PREP application form here and submit it to the University Grants Manager, Charlotte Smith.  After approval from the Provost, you will be provided with the information needed to proceed with your training opportunity registration and pre-approval in Chrome River.

PREP will accept applications for support on a rolling basis, up to 11 individuals this year.  After attending the training opportunity, the University Grants Manager will be available to assist you with conducting funding searches and developing future grant proposals, as needed.


Video Recordings of Previous Grantsmanship Workshops:

Click here to view the Finding Grant Funding workshop, from September 23, 2022.

Click here to view the Grant Proposal Development workshop, from September 24, 2021.

Click here to view the Building a Budget for Grant Applications workshop, from October 1, 2021.


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