Social science faculty interested in sponsored research can request free assistance in completing applications for grants, contracts, and fellowships; navigating submission processes with the University and sponsoring organizations; award set-up; and managing post-award activities.
The Institute for Social Science Research has dedicated staff available to help researchers with a range of grant-related activities:
- Managing cross-college or interdisciplinary collaborative grant proposals
- Reviewing sponsor guidelines
- Establishing timelines for completing proposals on time
- Navigating University policies and procedures
- Preparing budgets and budget justifications
- Uploading documents to the University's online Grant Application Management System (SmartGrant) and sponsor systems such as Grants.gov and the National Science Foundation's FastLane
- Routing electronic approval paperwork
- Serving as liaison with the University's Office of Grants and Contracts Administration, Office of Research Development, Research Business Manager Network, Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations, and other on-campus resources
- Pre-establishing accounts and setting up new awards
- Guiding new principal investigators
- Reviewing project budgets and expenditures
- Preparing reports as needed and assisting with award close-out
- Training departmental staff as needed for post-award transaction administration to enhance their support of their faculty's grant activities
It is strongly recommended that you get in touch with Karen Mason (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sarah Vega-Liros (email@example.com) at least one month in advance of the sponsor deadline to allow time for preparation, determination of submission timeline, review, and coordination with internal and online application systems. Our staff manages proposal submission from faculty and graduate students across the social sciences, and proposals brought to our attention later than that will be handled as time constraints allow.