Research Support Services


The Office of Research Affairs (ORA) assists faculty and staff in seeking external support for their research and scholarly activities, and works in conjunction with UEI Sponsored Programs Administration which manages the resulting awards. ORA provides the following services:

ORA Services Handout (PDF)

                                                                                           Services                                                           Primary Point of Contact

Finding Funding 
  • Conduct funding searches and provide guidance on accessing the SPIN/SMARTS funding database
  • Provide guidance on federal, state and private funding opportunities
  • Assist with determining suitability of funding agency/program
Proposal Specialist
Research Proposal and Narrative Development
  • Assist with conceptualizing and refining project ideas, and logic models or other visualizations
  • Provide guidance connecting to on-campus resources for specialized expertise, e.g., statistics help
  • Provide content and editorial reviews of proposal narratives, offering critiques from a reviewer’s perspective
  • Facilitate development of interdisciplinary and collaborative proposals
  • Arrange for concept or proposal review by an external agency/content expert
  • Provide guidance on organizing proposal teams and communicating with program officers
  • Provide guidance on resources for enhancing student research opportunities

For more, including a guide to when services can optimally be provided based on the amount of time remaining before the submission deadline, see our  ORA Proposal Service Matrix.

Research Development Analyst
Application and Budget Development
  • Review and interpret application guidelines and provide guidance on funder policies and practices
  • Navigate and provide technical assistance with electronic proposal submission systems
  • Assist with developing budgets and budget narratives/justifications
  • Assist with supporting documents including application forms; review for research compliance components and provide referrals to appropriate university contacts
  • Initiate Proposal Approval Form (PAF) and facilitate obtainment of other University approvals
  • Submit hard copy and electronic proposals
  • Review terms and conditions of grant awards, negotiating with sponsors as needed

For more, including a guide to when services can optimally be provided based on the amount of time remaining before the submission deadline, see our  ORA Proposal Service Matrix.

Proposal Specialist
Contract Development
  • Provide guidance when government agencies or private business seek expertise of faculty, centers, and institutes
  • Assist in developing Scopes of Work (SOWs) and contract budgets
  • Develop, review and negotiate contract terms and conditions, ensuring compliance with University and UEI policies and practices
  • Initiate Proposal Approval Form (PAF) and facilitate obtainment of University approvals. 
Senior Contract Development Officer
Institutional Compliance and Research Integrity

Facilitate compliance with university, state and federal regulations in areas of:

  • animal care and use
  • conflict of interest
  • export controls
  • protection of human subject in research
  • intellectual property
  • responsible conduct of research
Research Integrity and Compliance Officer
Award Review and Acceptance
  • Review the terms and conditions of awards
  • Ensure compliance with University policies
  • Negotiate awards with sponsors as needed
Proposal Specialist or Senior Contract Development Officer
Account Administration and Management
  • Manage awards in compliance with university and sponsor policies from account set-up to close out and audit

UEI Sponsored Programs Administration