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Research Administration-Overview

The Curry School Office of Research Administration assists faculty and graduate students with the development and submission of grant proposals for external sponsorship of projects. We also work with Curry School staff engaged in the day-to-day administration of funded projects to ensure compliance with University, state, federal and sponsor guidelines and regulations. Our goal is to help you write the best possible proposal and, if a grant is awarded, to assist you in managing it efficiently and effectively.

Your first step will be to develop an idea for a research project that you believe worthy of funding. You can do this on your own, with colleagues at Curry, other University of Virginia schools or departments, or elsewhere.  If you decide to move forward with developing a proposal, you should inform your Department Chair that you will be applying for a grant and consult with her/him about such matters as the potential need for space, other departmental support, or course release (i.e., buy-out) from teaching.

After consulting with your Department Chair, schedule time to meet with Curry's Research Administrator. The Curry Office of Research Administration helps with over 100 proposals every year; we have a wealth of experience in communicating with sponsors from numerous federal and state agencies and private foundations. Please consider us as collaborative partners in preparing your proposal and managing your grant. We will help you in as many ways as possible, including: formulating your budget, explaining and meeting administrative requirements that may apply to your proposal, obtaining signatures, and providing feedback on the structural, stylistic, and substantive elements of your grant application. 

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Credits: We are indebted to these articles:

  • Markin, K.M. (2005). Catalyst: The Buck Starts Here. The Chronicle of Higher Education.
  • Markin, K.M. (2005). Catalyst: Words Worth their Weight in Cash . The Chronicle of Higher Education.
  • Markin, K.M. (2006). Catalyst: Where to Start . The Chronicle of Higher Education. 

last updated 2/17/2011; mbl

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