CLA Faculty Grants Support

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CLA research administrators

Please contact your CLA research administrators for questions about applying for grants, assistance with developing sponsored projects proposals, or funding opportunities in your field of research. Before applying for any funding opportunity contact a research administrator so the proper application process can be determined; in particular, whether your proposal will need to be routed through the Office of Sponsored Projects.

Gus Quinlan, Ph.D.
Grants and Projects Analyst II
(775) 682-6421

Roni Dahir, Ph.D.
Grants and Projects Analyst
(775) 682-7981

The grants support team is here to help

The College of Liberal Arts grants support team can assist faculty in developing and submitting research grant proposals and help ensure that proposals follow University of Nevada, Reno policies and funding agency requirements. All sponsored projects proposals are reviewed by CLA and the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP). A sponsored project is an agreement to transfer money or property from a sponsor to the University to carry out a public purpose or provide a direct benefit to the sponsor. Common agreement instruments include, but are not limited to, grants, co-operative agreements, assistance agreements and contracts. Check with the College’s grants team if you are unsure whether your proposed project is a sponsored project or not.

To get the best use of the various College and University resources available for proposal development, please submit your proposal well in advance of the funding opportunity’s deadline. VPRI’s technical editing and external review services require that the proposal narrative is submitted to them at least six weeks in advance of the deadline. OSP requires that proposals reach them at least five business days before the sponsor’s deadline to enable a full review for completeness and compliance with sponsor requirements. CLA’s grants team requests that faculty complete an InfoEd proposal record a minimum of seven business days before the sponsor deadline to allow sufficient time for internal College and OSP review. The review process checks that the application is complete, complies with the requirements of the sponsor and follows University policies. The review process aids the principal investigator in submitting a competitive proposal, increasing the chances of a successful application.

CLA grant support services

CLA grants services

  • Apprise faculty of funding opportunities
  • Proposal preparation
  • Budget development
  • Facilitation of subcontract and/or consultant agreements
  • Assistance with InfoEd
  • Assistance with sponsor application portals

OSP grants services

  • Training in using InfoEd
  • Training in preparing budgets
  • Reviews proposals for compliance with sponsor and University requirements
  • Submits proposals to sponsors on behalf of Principal Investigator (PI)
  • Post-award grants management

VPRI grants services

  • Technical editing and external reviews
  • Coordination for multi–PI and multi–institutional projects

Proposal development and submission

  • Step 1: Before you begin

    Faculty must first complete an InfoEd training session hosted by OSP, after which you will be able to create proposal files in InfoEd. OSP conducts training sessions throughout the year. Review the OSP website for a training schedule or contact OSP’s Training and Information Specialist, Erika Waday, directly.

    Conflict of interest disclosure

    All faculty must complete an annual conflict of interest disclosure. This can be done in InfoEd by selecting the external interests box on your InfoEd home page and following the accompanying instructions.

  • Step 2: Enter proposal in InfoEd

    All sponsored projects proposals, regardless of sponsor, require the creation of an InfoEd record. Information and documents that you may need to make a proposal record include:

    • Title of your proposal*
    • Budget and budget justification*
    • Start/end dates of the project*
    • Sponsor name*
    • SP-11 Cost share form (if applicable)
    • SP-22 Budget setup form*
    • Biosketch(es)
    • Data management plan
    • Collaborators and other affiliations
    • A copy of the funding announcement or a link to it*
    • Project narrative*
    • Sponsored project program type (research, instruction, or other activity such as public service)*
    • Sponsor’s submission deadline*
    • SP-12 F&A rate exception request (if applicable)
    • SP-SUB-1 Sub-recipient Proposal Assurance Form (if the proposal includes a sub-award)
    • References cited
    • Postdoctoral mentoring plan
    • Current and pending support
    • Other documents as required


    Internal forms can be downloaded from OSP. If you want assistance creating an InfoEd proposal record and uploading documents to it, please contact the CLA’s grants team. To avoid unnecessary duplication of effort, it is recommended that the InfoEd proposal record is limited to the required internal forms and a copy of the final application as entered in the sponsor application portal.

  • Step 3: Internal review/approval routing

    Once all supporting documents have been uploaded to InfoEd and the proposal record is complete, the proposal is ready to be submitted for final review. The approval routing process typically involves the following stages:

    1. CLA research administrator
    2. Principal Investigator
    3. Departmental Chair
    4. Dean/Associate Dean
    5. Sponsored Projects

    After the proposal has been approved by OSP, the PI will be asked for permission to submit the proposal to the sponsor. As the University’s authorized organizational representative, OSP personnel usually submit proposals or (at a minimum) required certifications for the PI.

  • Step 4: Creating a proposal in a sponsor application portal

    The CLA grants team can assist faculty with completing an application and uploading documents to sponsor application portals once the application has been initiated. The most commonly used federal application portals used by CLA faculty are Workspace (for Department of Justice, Department of the Interior, the National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts, among others) and FastLane or (for the National Science Foundation). Before applying for a funding opportunity you must register with and/or the National Science Foundation. Once your application is complete in the federal application portal, you may produce a PDF of the finished application and upload it into the InfoEd proposal record for internal review/approval routing.