Grants, Fellowships, and Contracts Support

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently awarded Stacy Philpott, associate professor in environmental studies, a grant to research sustainable agricultural practices in urban environments. Photo by Melissa De Witte.

The Social Sciences Division provides faculty and graduate students with information about grant funding services, resources for graduate students and first-time grant seekers, as well as training and workshop updates. Please contact Ashlee Tews if you are searching for something specific and cannot locate it on these pages.

Research Development Assistance 

Ashlee Tews, the director of Research Development in the Social Sciences 

Grants and Contracts Support Center (Grants Support) is available to assist faculty, staff, and graduate students in researching and applying for extramural support. 

The following services are provided:

  • Quarterly formal training workshops on grant research and grant writing (Contact Ashlee Tews to find out about trainings)
  • Technical assistance on identifying possible funders and grant opportunities
  • Facilitation of the internal university proposal submission process
  • Support on drafting preliminary and final budgets
  • Guidelines for proposal writing
  • Grant application edits and reviews
  • Application document uploads to grant portals
  • Grant compilation assistance, obtaining letters of support, coordination with Office of Special Projects (OSP), etc.

Process for Submitting External Grants/Fellowships 

Step 1:  Contact Ashlee Tews, PRIOR to the submission deadline

For Standard proposals, contact Ashlee at least 10 working days before the submission deadline.

Contact Ashlee at least 20 working days before the submission deadline for Complex Proposals (direct costs between $2M and $10M per year, cost sharing or IDC waiver requested, multi-institutional collaboration, including sub-awards where we are prime or sub-awardee, a foreign sponsor, the proposal is for a contract).

Provide the following to Ashlee Tews:

  • Questionnaire, filled out to the best of your ability.
  • Draft budget summary (how much summer support, course buyout, GSR support, undergrad support, travel, materials & supplies)

Internal OSP Deadlines

Step 2: Start the internal process and the preliminary budget and proposal with Grants Support

Grants Support will start the proposal for you in the internal Cayuse system and work with you to draft a preliminary budget and will notify OSP once this is complete.

Step 3: Work with Grants Support to prepare your proposal

We will provide proposal preparation services including:

  • Outline and provide instructions for completing the complete grant/fellowship proposals.
  • Contact Program Officers for any proposal questions.
  • Start the proposal in funder grant portals.
  • Edit documents for adherence to funder guidelines.
  • Upload proposals to the funder grant portals.

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