The Grant Development Network (GDN) is an internal network of approximately twenty grant development professionals from across campus.
The professionals below represent a broad range of expertise, including providing assistance in finding funding opportunities, identifying examples of successful proposals, proposal editing and writing, proposal review and submission, communicating with program officials, coordinating internal and seed grant competitions, connecting faculty from across campus, and managing research programs.


Central Administration

The Office of the Vice President for Research & Economic Development (OVPRED) promotes research development by maintaining state of the art core facilities and making strategic investments to initiate and maintain programs with promise for success. Through an internal network of grant administrators and support staff we assist investigators and departments in cultivating external research support.

Key Contacts:

Richard Hichwa

Richard Hichwa, Senior Associate Vice President for Research
Ann Ricketts
Ann Ricketts, Assistant Vice President for Research / 319-335-2102
Marta GomezMarta Gomez, Research Support Manager - STEM Initiatives / 319-384-1291
LesliLeslie Weatherheade Weatherhead, Manager of Campus Communications / 319-335-2131
Cheryl RidgewayCheryl Ridgeway, Program Coordinator - Internal Funding Initiatives and WINS / 319-384-3332





 The Division of Sponsored Programs (DSP) provides assistance to the university community seeking external financial support for faculty, staff, and student research, training, and service activities. DSP also provides institutional signature authority to applications, contracts, and material transfer agreements; negotiates terms and conditions acceptable to faculty/staff and sponsor; provides post award administration; provides regulatory compliance; and reports to the Board of Regents, the Legislature, university administration and the general public.

Call the DSP Help Desk (319-335-2123) or search the DSP Staff Directory to find the appropriate contact.


Carver College of Medicine

Proposal editing and speech-coaching services are available to Carver College of Medicine (CCOM) faculty. Paul Casella is available to edit documents, provide feedback, meet with authors and/or schedule one-hour coaching sessions.

Key Contact
Paul Casella / 319-384-4507




Scientific Editing Services provide in-depth editorial review of scientific documents from the perspective of a former laboratory scientist and journal editor.  The most common submissions are grant applications, journal manuscripts and the associated correspondence.   

Key Contact
Christine BlaumuellerChristine Blaumueller, Scientific Editor



General CCOM contact:
Angie Robertson, Contracts Administrator II


College of Education  

The Grant and Research Services Center provides support for grant and research projects, training projects, and service projects in the College of Education (COE) by identifying internal and external funding sources, assisting faculty in the preparation and submission of grant proposals, and providing information and workshops on grant-related topics.

Key Contact
Elizabeth ConstantineLiz Constantine, GRSC Director




College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has more than 600 tenured and tenure-track faculty members devoted to teaching, research, and service to their disciplines, the university, and the state of Iowa.  To enquire about research development services, please contact Dr. Joseph Kearney, Associate Dean for Research.

Key Contact
Joseph KearneyJoseph Kearney, Associate Dean for Research / 319-335-3994  

The Iowa Social Science Research Center (ISRC) is a source for interdisciplinary social science research on The University of Iowa campus. The ISRC provides a university-based call and survey data collection center for original social science data collection, professional assistance in identifying appropriate funding agencies for faculty and student research, assistance in preparing grant proposals and budgets to produce high-quality submissions to external funding agencies, and technical support for social science research projects on the University of Iowa campus.

Key Contact
Aaron KlineAaron Kline, Associate Director / 319-384-3391

International Programs / Arts & Humanities: The Grant Administrator position for International Programs/Arts and Humanities has been established to provide grant development services to faculty engaged in international projects and to those working within the arts and humanities. Support provided to faculty through this position will include: (1) assistance identifying appropriate external funding opportunities for faculty research and projects; (2) assistance in preparing grant proposals and budgets to external funding agencies; and (3) assistance in internal submission processes through the Division of Sponsored Programs. 

Key Contact
Ann Knudson, Grants Administrator 319-335-0374



College of Nursing 

The Office of Nursing Research acts as a liaison between College of Nursing faculty and staff and research opportunities within and outside the university, including federal funding agencies and private foundations. Our central goal is facilitating scholarship at the College of Nursing by overseeing and assisting with the development and management of research programs and grants and by advancing the dissemination of findings through publication and scholarly presentations.

Key Contacts
Linda Lui HandLinda Liu Hand, Research Program Development / 319-335-7040
Nancy GoldsmithNancy Goldsmith, Application Assistance and Support

Linda Thomsen

Linda Thomsen, Grant Management and Support / 319-335-8581



College of Public Health  

The College of Health Research Office seeks to: promote public health research throughout the college and University; facilitate research activities by way of communication with faculty, staff, and students; and work with the college's Executive Committee and College of Public Health Research Council in shaping the college's research mission.

Key Contact
Dana LangeDana Lange, Program Assistant
Office of the Associate Dean for Research / 319-384-5491


College of Dentistry  

Key Contact
Sharon SeydelSharon Seydel, Primary Departmental Administrator

College of Pharmacy

Key Contact
Katie MeighanKatie Meighan, Contracts Administrator II



Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS)

The Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) is home to the National Institutes of Health funded Clinical and Translational Science Award at the University of Iowa and is one of only 55 facilities of its kind in the nation. As a member of the CTSA consortium, we are dedicated to providing the synergy, resources, and experience necessary to enhance and accelerate the "bench to bedside" approach of biomedical knowledge by forging unique networks and developing new cures and treatments for disease. We help establish unique collaborations between clinicians, investigators, and community members alike because we believe everyone plays an important role in advancing the health of our nation and the world.

Key Contacts
DeAnna O'QuinnDeAnna O'Quinn, Administrator / 319-384- 5278

Obermann Center for Advanced Studies

The Obermann Center for Advanced Studies (OCAS) helps nurture and expand projects. Center Scholars can call on the Center to provide various kinds of funds at critical stages in a project's development, to identify collaborators or consortial partners, to help in pursuing University or external grants, and to accommodate funded projects.

Key Contact

Teresa MangumTeresa Mangum, OCAS Director / 319-335-4034 


University of Iowa Foundation, Corporate and Foundation Relations

The University of Iowa Foundation (UIF) works with individuals and organizations making charitable gifts and grants to benefit the University. The UIF Corporate and Foundation Relations staff work closely with the Office of the VP for Research and the staff in the Division of Sponsored Programs to cultivate relationships with corporate and foundation sponsors on behalf of UI faculty and staff.

Key Contact

Greg LambGreg Lamb, Assistant Vice President, Corporate/Foundations Relations / 319-335-3305 (ext 804) 



Additional Information

Consult the Research Administrators website for a campus-wide list of departmental contacts.