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About RASP

  • What does RASP do?
    The RASP staff is here to assist in: Exploring interest Identifying potential sources of funding Developing grant applications Reviewing and submitting proposals Developing budgets Collection of data for your project Providing input and feedback
  • Where are we located?
    Our office is located in Room 214 on the second floor of Conley Hall.
  • How do I seek funding?
    RASP supports faculty interested in pursuing funding for their research and academic initiatives. There are a number of internal and external opportunities available, and we would be happy to meet with you to explore these funding options and help you begin the grant-seeking process.
  • Where do I find funding opportunities?
    From the Discovering Opportunities link on our web site, you can browse different agencies and web sites to search for funding annoucements.
  • When should I start working on my grant application?
    The earlier you start the better for you and your chances for success. Preparing a good proposal often takes several months, and completed proposals must be submitted to RASP a minimum of ten business days before the application deadline to ensure submission.
  • Where can I get help developing my proposal?
    Please contact our RASP department for help developing your proposal.
  • Where can I get help developing my grant budget?
    The RASP staff is more than happy to assist you with developing your budget.
  • Where can I get help managing my grant?
    Congratulations! You have just received an official Notice of Award Letter! Your hard work has paid off! Your project is going to be funded! After your first feeling of elation wears off, you may begin to feel a bit overwhelmed by the thought of managing the grant. Don't Panic... We Can Help! As Principal Investigator you are responsible for managing your grant award. You hold primary responsibility for the technical conduct of the project, and for administrative and budgetary management. However, RASP is always happy to help answer your questions and will provide guidance and assistance at every stage of the process.
  • What is WIRB?
    WCB IRB Connexus is what out office uses for an Institutional Review Board (IRB). You can check out more information about WCG IRB at
  • How should I start working on my grant application?
    Get help from RASP! Begin by filling out the Notification of Intent Form available online or from RASP. Once the Notice of Intent is filed with RASP, RASP will open a Program Portfolio for the project, and you will be eligible for RASP assistance.
  • How do I determine if my research involves human subjects?
    Determining this can be surprisingly complicated and depends on a variety of factors. There are a number of questions to think about as you determine whether you will need IRB approval: Does my work involve human subjects? For purposes of IRB review, a "human subject" is defined as "a living individual about whom an investigator conducting research obtains (1) data through interaction or intervention with the individual or (2) identifiable private information." (45.CFR 46.102). Is my work research? For purposes of IRB review, "research" is defined as "a systematic investigation designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge." (45.CFR 46.102). Do you intend to collect information and then present it to a public audience or at a conference?Do you intend to publish findings or disseminate information based upon your work? Will you be conducting interviews, surveys or focus groups? Will you need access to sensitive data or records? Is there any way to link the data you plan to collect with identifying information? Are you seeking grant funding?
  • Where can I find information about about misconduct?
    You can check out the following chart on our Research and Scholarly Misconduct Allegation Response Process or read through Policy RS-802
  • Where can I find information about grants and administrations?
    Find helpful information in Policy RS-803.
  • I just have a small grant. Does it need to go through RASP?
    Yes! Even if you don't require our assistance preparing your proposal, we need to know about your project for a number of reasons. As more and more people on campus participate in grant writing, we need to have a central repository to ensure that we're not duplicating efforts. We also need to be able to brag about our grant writing successes to other agencies when we apply to them.
Need Assistance?

For all general questions regarding the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, please contact:

Timothy McKenzie
Director of Research and Sponsored Programs 
Title III Coordinator
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