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The Office of Sponsored Awards & Research Administration (OSARA) assists the AU community navigate the lifecycle of the grant.

Research Support Research Central

The Office of Sponsored Awards and Research Administration (OSARA) has created a hub for all research related topics. Information on how to find funding, proposal development, proposal review and submission, award review, acceptance, and set-up, managing an award, conducting research, award close out, and training is available on this easy to use, searchable platform. To get started, use the above search box to ask your question, or just type in a keyword. You can also go directly to Research Central.

Information on Research Central is divided into nine sections based on the lifecycle of the grant.

Map of Research Central

Looking to Submit a Proposal?

Contact Your Departmental Research Administrator

Departmental Research Administrators (DRAs) have a wide range of responsibilities and functions while managing research portfolios. DRAs work at the departmental and college levels. DRAs have expertise in both pre and post award activities and are intimately involved with all facets of the research administration process. Review the Roles and Responsibilities during Proposal Development in this knowledge article.

College & Schools Contacts
Unit Contact Role Title Email
College of Arts & Sciences Kim Blankenship, Ph.D Pre/Post Award Assoc. Dean for Research
College of Arts & Sciences Kenneth Nakamoto Post-Award Contract Coordinator
College of Arts & Sciences Antoinette Small Post-Award Director, Grants & Contracts Admin.
Kogod School of Business Parthiban David Pre/Post Award Sr. Assoc. Dean for Academic Affairs
Kogod School of Business Reena Dwire Post-Award Academic Affairs Grant Coord.
Kogod School of Business Uzar Cheema Post-Award Asst. Dir., Financial Operations
School of Communication Kristi Plahn-Gjersvold Pre-Award Senior Asst. Dean of Admin. & Strategic Initiatives
School of Communications Meriem Tikue Post Award Assistant Director, Finance & Grants
School of Education Rachel McElroy Pre-Award Pre-Award Grant and Contract Coordinator
School of Education Sepi Davoudzadeh Post-Award Grants and Contracts Manager
School of International Service Kathryn Agoston Pre-Award Associate Director, Research
School of International Service Sandra Martinez Post-Award Sr. Director, Finance and Admin.
School of International Service Lela Gant Post-Award Grants and Contracts Manager
Provost Claudia Lazo Post-Award Director, Finance and Administration
School of Public Affairs Colette Abichaker Pre-Award Asst. Director, WIPAR
School of Public Affairs Irina Komives Post-Award Director, Grants Management and Administration
School of Public Affairs Joe Young Pre-Award Director, WIPAR
University Library Michele Mikkelsen Director, Administrative Services
University Library Laura Neal Assistant to the University Librarian
Washington College of Law LaShana Calloway Post-Award Sr. Grant and Contract Manager
WAMU 88.5 Lynn Croneberger Pre-Award Chief Development Officer
WAMU 88.5 Colin Eustis Post-Award Financial Analyst


research administrator training program

Research Administration Certification (RAC) sessions have been scheduled for FY24. Registration will be open soon.