Office of Sponsored Projects

Contact Us

Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center, Lower Level | 1700 SW College Ave. | Topeka, KS 66621-0001 | FAX: 785.670.1048

Mari Tucker, Director | 785.670.1224

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Stacey Harden, Accountant | 785.670.2348

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(Vacant) Sponsored Projects Specialist| 785.670.2040


Washburn University Office of Sponsored Projects

Mission and Services

Mission Statement

The Office of Sponsored Projects promotes and facilitates the acquisition of external funding to support Washburn University programs, projects and related activities. The Office of Sponsored Projects provides resources and assistance to faculty, staff and administrators to foster project ideas, locate funding opportunities, strengthen grant writing and research skills, develop grant proposals, and to comply with applicable approval and compliance requirements.


To achieve this mission, the Office of Sponsored Projects is committed to the following responsibilities:

  • Work with University departments and personnel to foster grant interests and ideas, and promote faculty/staff involvement with grant activities and proposal development.
  • Research and collect information about government and private sources of funding, including application guidelines and/or requests for proposals.
  • Develop and maintain a database of external grant proposal submissions and awards to provide a wide variety of informational reports.
  • Work closely with the Finance Office (and other appropriate offices) to coordinate internal grant proposal approval activities and to ensure standardized grant administration activities for funded programs.
  • Coordinate grant activities with the Finance Department, University faculty/staff, Institutional Review Board (IRB), and other units as appropriate to ensure that projects are consistent and compliant with the University's mission and priorities.
  • Organize information and develop training programs, including a grant resource library and website, to enhance the campus community's grant seeking skills.

Services Available

  • Individual consultation on any aspect of the grant process.
  • Training, workshops, and literature pertaining to grant funding, writing, development, and administration.
  • Analysis and interpretation of compliance related issues, rules, and regulations.
  • Project-specific grant funding research.
  • Access to grant resource library.
  • Proposal assistance, including:
    • Time analysis for application preparation
    • Narrative and proposal development
    • Budget preparation and review
    • Editing and review
    • Ensuring compliance with University and funding agency guidelines
    • Securing required campus approvals
    • Identification and assembly of certification and insurance
    • Final grant preparation and mailing (electronic or mail)
    • Follow up after submission
  • Award management, including:
    • Financial reporting on federal awards
    • Subaward contract preparation
    • Audit compliance
Recent Awards

Washburn University’s College of Arts and Sciense was recently awarded a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation to operate a National Summer Transportation Institute in Topeka.  The grant is funded through a U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration program designed to address the need for a diverse workforce this 21st Century and to create an awareness of the career choices and opportunities that exist in the transportation industry. 

The NSTI program is a Science, Technology and Math (STEM) focused program administered by accredited colleges, community colleges and universities which are accredited Minority Serving Institutions. The program is designed to improve STEM skills and increase awareness among Kansas middle and high school students - particularly minority, female and disadvantaged youth - about transportation careers.  The program will also encourage them to consider transportation-related courses of study in their higher education pursuits.

The  Washburn University National Summer Transportation Institute (WU NSTI) program will concentrate on students from traditionally under-represented populations in middle school -- grades 6 – 8.  The institute, which will run on the Washburn Campus this July, will give students opportunities to participate in STEM activities and explore STEM careers in the transportation industry. The WU NSTI program will be offered as a collaboration between Washburn and Washburn Tech and will include a number of STEM programs, including computer science, physics, environmental science, robotics, engineering and mathematics. Participating students will reside in Washburn University student housing during the institute this summer.  The  grant project will be managed by Dr. Cherry Steffen, professor and chair of the Education Department.