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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Tara Gregg, Sponsored Projects Specialist| 785.670.2040

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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 Office of Student Life was recently awarded a grant from the Kansas Governor’s Grants Program, the State Administering Agency for the Federal Victims of Crime Act Victim Assistance Formula Grant Program. The Federal Victims of Crime Act, or VOCA, serves as a major source of funding for victim services throughout the country. VOCA funds are made available to Kansas through the U. S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice, and Office for Victims of Crime. The Governor’s Office mission for VOCA funding is to assure crime victims in Kansas receive services that: (1) respond to the emotional and physical needs of crime victims; (2) assist primary and secondary victims of crime to stabilize their lives after a victimization; (3) assist victims to understand and participate in the criminal justice system; and (4) provide victims of crime with a measure of safety. A “crime victim” is a person who has suffered physical, sexual, financial, or emotional harm as a result of the commission of a crime. The Washburn VOCA project will enhance the quality and consistency of services to victims of crime on Washburn’s campuses—especially the services available to victims of domestic, dating, and sexual violence, sexual harassment, and stalking. In order to meet the goals of the grant project, Washburn will recruit and hire a full-time, grant-funded direct service victim advocate. The services the advocate provides will ensure a coordinated and comprehensive response to crime victims’ needs and will strengthen the referral network and processes with community service providers. The grant will be managed by Dr. Eric Grospitch, Vice President for Student Life, and Dr. Kelly Erby, assistant professor of history.