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Getting Started with Grants

The ORA is the central office for managing proposal submissions, contract negotiations, award acceptance, and research compliance and ethics. The office assists faculty in obtaining and administering externally funded research grants and contracts and administers internal grant programs.

ORA Services

The ORA can provide assistance and guidance at every stage of the application process:

Contact Cynthia Jobe (314-516-5674) for grant writing support including proposal review, grant strategy, finding and vetting funding opportunities, junior faculty support, and managing proposal submission timelines.

ORA grants and contracts staff each cover specific departments and units. Download a chart of responsibilities and contact information (PDF 145KB).

Grant Proposal Quick Guide

  1. After formulating an idea for a project, transform the idea into a short concept paper that describes the work to be done.
  2. Identify the appropriate sponsor(s).
  3. Contact Brenda Stutte (314-516-5897) or Melissa Laurenti (314-516-5894) to review what training you will need in order to enter your budget into PeopleSoft. Refer to the Staff Responsibilities Guide to determine your appropriate contact by department/unit.
  4. Visit the sponsor web site and familiarize yourself with their guidelines and procedures.
  5. Take your short concept and prepare a draft proposal and an outlined budget (refer to Budget Checklist (PDF 57KB) and Budget Templates).
  6. Circulate the draft proposal to colleagues for comments. The ORA can also assist with review of your narrative — contact Cynthia Jobe (314-516-5674).
  7. Discuss the proposal budget with Brenda Stutte (314-516-5897) or Melissa Laurenti (314-516-5894). Refer to the Staff Responsibilities Guide (PDF 145KB) to determine your appropriate contact by department/unit. NOTE: When preparing a grant proposal, you must submit your budget to the ORA at least two weeks before the proposal submission deadline.
  8. Ensure regulatory compliance by securing approval for the use in your research of human subjects, animal subjects, radioactive material or recombinant DNA research (if applicable).
  9. Complete the PeopleSoft Signature page.
  10. Submit your final proposal to the ORA.
If you have any questions along the way or trouble finding something on our web site, please contact us at or 314-516-5899.

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