The CARES (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Research Excellence Support) PreAward Team coordinators are available to assist with all sponsored funding proposals. Faculty and staff are encouraged to contact the CARES Team to assist with proposal development and submission. Investigators who have identified a funding opportunity can fill out the PreAward Support Initiation Form (green button below) which notifies their coordinator. They can also contact their coordinator directly or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Team is best able to provide thorough assistance when contacted as early as possible in the submission process.
The CARES Team supports all CALS, CHS, ENG, and LAS faculty and staff in the following departments/units: ABE, AGEDS, AGRON, ANSCI, CARD, CCUR, ECON, FSHN, GDCB, NREM, HORT, PPEM and SOCCJ, and provides backup support to other departments and units as needed.
CALS and LAS faculty and staff in the jointly administered departments BBMB, EEOB, and STAT rely on the LASERS (LAS External Research Support) Team (email@example.com) as their first point of contact for pre-award support.
The CARES Team is the recipient of a 2021 Iowa State University Professional and Scientific Team CYtation Award! CYtation Team Award winners are: Asrun Kristmundsdottir, Kerri Bilsten, Kendra Lee, Natalia Rogovska, Lisa Stephany, Mandy Voyek, Seth Wilmes, Kelly Yohnke, Wenli Su, and Julia Webb.
Learn more about the CARES Team through the CARES 2020 Year in Review
PreAward Support Services
The CARES Team offers the following PreAward services to assist faculty and staff in preparing and submitting funding applications:
- Reviewing solicitations
- Providing checklists and templates
- Developing budgets and budget narratives
- Initiating GoldSheets, Cardinal Sheets and Gift Forms
- Developing internal proposals
- Helping with non-technical aspects of a proposal
- Uploading proposals to various submission portals, such as Cayuse, FastLane and Research.gov
- Seeing the proposal process through to submission
Search for Funding Opportunities
SIGN UP HERE to receive the CARES Team bi-weekly emails featuring select research development events and funding opportunities. The funding opportunities are also posted under the Upcoming Funding Opportunities tab on the top of this page.
The Team can assist with intensive searches for specific funding opportunities. These searches encompass federal agencies, foundations, industry, and other funding sources. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
The Grants Hub within the Office of the Vice President for Research provides links to resources for finding funding opportunities.
Other Proposal Support Resources
Importance of Broader Impacts
Per NSF: Every NSF grant has the potential to not only advance knowledge, but benefit society -- what we call broader impacts. Just like the kaleidoscopic nature of science, broader impacts come in many forms. No matter the method, however, broader impacts ensure all NSF-funded science works to better our world.
Your Broader Impacts identity should represent the long-term impact and legacy your BI efforts will have on society.
The Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS) has developed a tool kit to help develop broader impacts for NSF proposals - available here https://aris.marine.rutgers.edu/wizard/
Building Your Broader Impacts Identity
Do you need help with establishing and building your broader impacts identity? The Office of Biotechnology offers multiple programs to develop and implement broader impacts on federal grants via their Biotechnology Outreach Education Center at https://boec.biotech.iastate.edu/.
Attend a Grant Development Workshop or Visit a Funding Agency
CALS encourages faculty and staff to participate in ISU, CALS, and external grant development workshops as well as scientific conference, or to visit funding agencies to discuss a research concept. The college can help cover travel costs for PIs to attend grant-related workshops or to visit national program leaders/program directors at federal funding agencies. Apply for support here. All travel support must be approved by the college prior to incurring any expenses.
Please don't hesitate to reach out to the CARES team for any questions you may have! We are here to help.