Searching for Funding Sources
Computerized searches of databases of potential sources of funding are available to the UNI campus through the sponsorship of this office. We can assist you in making these searches, or you can try it yourself.
Identifying Faculty Interests
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs maintains a comprehensive computerized database of faculty and staff research interests called UNI PI Database (UNI Professional Interests Database). This information allows us to better match the incoming program announcements with the interests and expertise of UNI faculty and facilitates collaboration between scholars with similar interests or needed expertise.
Disseminating Information about Sponsored Programs
Consult the staff in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs as early as possible in the process of planning your grant proposal. We receive a wide variety of information from funding sources and can assist you in obtaining program guidelines, application kits, award lists and tips on writing effective proposals. Notices of grant opportunities are distributed by our office to UNI faculty and staff. The more we know about your interests, the more effective we can be about keeping you informed.
Liaison with External Agencies
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs can assist you in contacting the appropriate program director for your area of interests. We can help you arrange visits to agency offices in Washington, DC, and we serve as the campus liaison to the offices of federal, state and foundation funding agencies (except for the following six foundations: Guernsey, Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa/Waterloo/Cedar Falls, R.J. McElroy Trust, Carver Trust, John Deere Community Foundation, Wellmark Foundation and the Maxwell Foundation.
We offer a variety of workshops on grant seeking, proposal development, specific grant programs, and grant management. Please refer to our training calendar periodically for new training programs or monitor UNI Online for the announcements about upcoming training. Register for upcoming workshops by calling the RSP main office at 3-3217 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guidance on Proposal Development
We can guide you in developing or revising a proposal for submission. We also offer peer review of proposals or will help you identify peer reviewers with expertise specific to your grant content. It's never too early to begin planning for your next proposal submission. We have a great deal to offer at even just the idea stage.
Developing a budget requires attention to policies and regulations of your potential sponsor as well as the internal policies governing sponsored programs at UNI. We can assist you in this endeavor by providing you with a budget template that meets the formatting requirements for various sponsors and tips on developing a budget which realistically reflects the costs of your proposed project. You are required to have a budget review done prior to submission of a grant or contract proposal.
Authorization to Submit Proposals
Proposals submitted for external funding must first have a required budget review and be approved through the University's Proposal Routing and Approval Form (PRAF). The PRAF is used in routing all proposals for the required university signatures. Click here to download the PRAF.
RSP is responsible for supporting and monitoring research ethics at UNI. RSP staff are available to provide you information on human subjects, animal subjects, intellectual property and other research ethics questions. Forms and guidelines are posted on our website and periodic training is provided to keep faculty, staff, and students apprised of these various aspects of research ethics.
Experienced research staff in RSP will help you plan and develop research projects, and advise you on project management, including center development. Additional resources to support research are available, including mentor identification, access to secondary data sets, and occasionally, internal seed grants.
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs negotiates and approves grant and contract awards, prepares charts of accounts, authorizes setting up a university account, informs Principal Investigators (PIs) of terms and conditions of awards, negotiates and issues subawards from UNI grants to other institutions and organizations, approves all post-award budget modifications, negotiates funding extensions, and assists PIs with final closeout of their awards.
Notifications of declined proposals are sometimes received by this office and sometimes are sent directly to the project director. Please contact us when you receive any official correspondence related to a proposal you have submitted. Not only will it assist us in maintaining accurate records, but we can also provide a follow-up consultation when a proposal has been denied funding. We can assist you in obtaining (and interpreting) reviewers' comments and revising your proposal for resubmission.