Proposal & Project Services

Key Contact: Deb Ussery

The Proposal & Project Services staff aid in identification of funding opportunities that fit the Center’s population mission, facilitate preparation of materials for proposal submission, assist recently funded projects in the start-up phase with establishing an administrative structure and getting project requirements (e.g., IRB approvals) in place, and provide ongoing support for reporting requirements. Working closely with Administrative Services, Proposal & Project Services is responsible for the management of every grant, contract, and cooperative agreement proposal or application submitted and for those awarded, the management of every noncompeting application and progress report. These services allow fellows to focus their efforts on the scientific components of research rather than these administrative tasks.

Proposal and pre-award activities include

  • alerting investigators to agency requirements and setting deadlines

  • coordinating multiple investigators at CPC, UNC-CH, and at other institutions

  • preparing and assembling the nontechnical sections of proposals

  • reviewing proposals to ensure that they comply with agency requirements

  • obtaining university approvals

  • submitting proposals through electronic submission systems

After award, staff work closely with project PIs to coordinate and prepare progress and final reports to agencies and foundations. Staff use electronic record keeping and deadline management, including maintaining electronic records of all proposals and progress reports. To facilitate pre- and post-award activities, the core maintains databases of biosketches, active grants, pending proposals, and investigators’ other sources of grant support, all of which are used in the preparation of proposals and reports to agencies. Staff also monitor compliance for reporting and IRB deadlines.

Proposal staff also provide some start-up support for newly funded projects, provide advice to new PIs and project managers on the IRB submission process, and coordinate regular meetings of CPC project managers to share information and project strategies.

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