Grant and contract support services


The Research Office provides pre-and post-award grant administration services for the College of Education.


  • Support to identify key research interests and potential funding opportunities.
  • Identification of faculty for possible collaboration
  • Consultation on the fit between research idea and specific Request for Proposal (RFP)
  • Consultation on the grant development process
  • Budget development to meet university and agency guidelines.
  • Access to boilerplate materials for proposals including historical and demographic information relative to the University, College, state of Michigan, local schools, etc.
  • Access to grant writing workshops and resource library (including resources for writing grants to the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation)
  • Editing for grammar, punctuation, clarity, and consistency
  • Editing to ensure proposal narrative follows RFP guidelines (required headings, content, page limitations)
  • Pre-submission review and/or external reviews
  • Submission of proposals through appropriate systems (e.g. Cayuse, Fastlane,
  • Assist in the dissemination of research accomplishments.
  • Assist in identifying external reviewers for a pre-submission review (funds provided by OVPR)
  • Liaison with Sponsored Program Administration on proposal submission
  • Liaison with Corporate and Foundation Relations Office to explore private funding sources.


  • Liaison with Sponsored Program Administration on transition to post award administration.
  • Review budgets for variance from proposal and to ensure funds are established appropriately in the University accounting system.
  • Monitor expenditures to ensure compliance with university, sponsor and other applicable policies, procedures, rules, and regulations.
  • Assist faculty with budget transfers, labor redistributions, and project period extension requests.
  • Serve as a resource by providing information and guidance on appropriate use of sponsored project funds.
  • Liaison with SPA on interim and final financial reports.
  • Liaison with Corporate and Foundation Relations on reports and stewardship opportunities.

Guidelines for grant submission

  1. Discuss your idea and interest to submit a proposal with your Assistant Dean.
  2. As soon as you decide to submit a proposal, submit this Proposal Notice Form to ensure that all required documents are submitted to WSU Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) on time and in the required WSU format.
  3. To comply with SPA's proposal submission deadline policy, submit your completed documents at least one week prior to submission deadline. Complex proposals (e.g. budget that includes multiple subawards, pre-review of terms and conditions are required at time of proposal submission) may require additional days. Proposals will be reviewed for completeness, alignment with the funding guidelines and to ensure that the proposal is consistent with College of Education and university guidelines. Upon the college’s approval, proposals will then be sent to Sponsored Program Administration for final approval.

Note: All proposals MUST be submitted by the Research Office. Faculty should not submit proposals directly to funding agencies.


Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) resources

Sponsored Program Administration