The CARES (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Research Excellence Support) Pre-Award Team is available to assist with all sponsored funding proposals. Faculty and staff are encouraged to contact the CARES Team to assist with proposal development and submission. Investigators who have identified a funding opportunity should contact their department’s CARES Team coordinator or email@example.com. The team is best able to provide thorough assistance when contacted as early as possible in the submission process.
The CARES Team supports all CALS, CHS ENG, and LAS faculty and staff in the following departments/units: ABE, AGEDS, ANS, CARD, ECON, ENT, FSHN, NREM, HORT, PLPM and SOC.
Other CALS departmental pre-award support:
- AGRON - Michelle Miller – firstname.lastname@example.org
- CALS and LAS faculty and staff in BBMB, EEOB, GDCB and STAT - the LASERS team (email@example.com)
Plan and Manage Proposal Applications
The CARES Team offers the following pre-award resources to assist faculty and staff in planning and preparing competitive grant applications.
- Reviewing solicitations,
- Providing checklists and templates,
- Developing budgets,
- Initiating GoldSheets and Cardinal Sheets,
- Helping with non-technical aspects of a proposal,
- Uploading proposals to various submission portals, such as Cayuse and FastLane,
- Seeing the proposal process through to submission
Search for Funding Opportunities
The CARES team can assist with intensive searches for specific funding opportunities. These searches encompass federal agencies, foundations, industry, and other funding sources.
Research Development Support
Engage a Grant Consultant
ISU has several grant consulting companies under contract to assist faculty and staff in writing proposals. Information about each of the grant consulting firms is available on the Office of the VPR website. CALS can provide resources to assist with the cost of engaging a grant consultant. Assistance is allocated based on availability of funding and size of the potential grant and must be approved by the college prior to engaging a consultant. Use this form for request funds for a grant consultant.
Build a Research Team
CALS can help cover the cost of meetings to build a research team or plan a grant application. Assistance is allocated based on availability of funding and size of the potential grant and must be approved by the college prior to incurring any expenses
Attend a Grant Development Workshop or Visit a Funding Agency
CALS encourages faculty and staff to participate in ISU, CALS and external grant development workshops, or to visit funding agencies to discuss a research concept. The college can help cover travel costs for PIs to attend grant-related workshops or to visit national program leaders/program directors at federal funding agencies. All travel support must be approved by the college prior to incurring any expenses.
For more information or to request support to engage a grant consultant, build a research team, attend a workshop or visit a funding agency, contact Joe Colletti, CALS Senior Associate Dean, firstname.lastname@example.org, 515-294-1823.