Greetings from the Office of Academic Grants and Sponsored Research
This is a brief introduction to the new Grants Office—our staff, our new initiatives, and our services.
First, the Grants Office has grown!
Kortnay Woods is our new executive director. Kortnay focuses her efforts on establishing the strategic direction of the office, providing extensive knowledge of government and private grant regulations and requirements, and building relationships with funding agencies. She ensures that the office continues to progress in its service to the campus community.
Lori Thompson has returned to the Grants Office as the director of strategic initiatives and program development. Lori handles the majority of the ‘prospecting’ research for the office and works closely with faculty and staff on all aspects of grant seeking, proposal/budget development, and proposal submission. She focuses particular effort on interdisciplinary funding opportunities that allow us to draw on expertise from different departments and different schools.
Wendy Neil is our office’s very talented grants coordinator. Wendy provides critical support to faculty and staff on the use of our eGrants system, as well as manages the office’s internal operating systems and procedures. Wendy is also active in assisting faculty and staff with questions regarding proposal/budget development and submission.
Each of our staff members possesses many years of prior experience in grant and grant-related positions, and we are committed to ensuring that everyone who comes into contact with our office has a positive experience!
One of our newest initiatives was to develop a database of the research interests of all faculty members on campus! This was a significant undertaking, but it allowed us to gain some immediate familiarity with the community that we serve. The database helps us to target our prospect research. Also, by the end of this semester, we will have attended the departmental meetings of nearly every academic department on campus. By early in the fall semester, we will have reached all academic departments!
In addition to our outreach to the campus community, we welcome and encourage faculty members to contact us directly to discuss research interests, funding opportunities, grant writing, or any other aspect of the grants process.
Please feel free to contact us at any time with questions, ideas, suggestions, etc.
Kortnay Woods – email@example.com or x3120
Lori Thompson – firstname.lastname@example.org or x2262
Wendy Neil – email@example.com or x3255