Pre-Award Services

Within the Sponsored Projects life cycle, every award or contract has a cycle of its own. The Pre-Award Services team guides faculty, staff and students through the complex process of applying for funding from external sponsors. Each school, department or center has a designated Research Administrator (RA) to help investigators find funding opportunities and develop proposals that meets sponsor and University requirements.

Once an award is made, your Research Administrator is your liaison to the sponsor, negotiating award terms and contracts and processing continuations and renewals. Your RA is part of the broader Sponsored Program Administration team that manages the accounting, reporting, purchasing, and human resources functions associated with the award cycle. Your RA is here to help and should be your first point of contact whenever you have a question or need guidance on external funding issues.