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Meet the CARES Team

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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 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, ANSCI, CARD, CCUR, ECON, ENT, FSHN, GDCB, NREM, HORT, PLPM and SOCCJ, and provides backup support to other departments and units as needed. 

Other CALS departmental PreAward support:

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
  • Seeing the proposal process through to submission

Search for Funding Opportunities

The CARES Team sends out 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 for assistance.

The Grants Hub within the Office of the Vice President for Research provides links to resources for finding funding opportunities.


Research Development Support

Engage a Grant Consultant

ISU has several grant consulting companies under contract to assist faculty and staff in writing proposals. Information about each of the grant consulting firms is available on the Office of the VPR website. CALS can provide resources to assist with the cost of engaging a grant consultant. Assistance is allocated based on availability of funding and size of the potential grant and must be approved by the college prior to engaging a consultant. Use this form to request college support for a grant consultant.

Build a Research Team

CALS can help cover the cost of meetings to build a research team or plan a grant application. Assistance is allocated based on availability of funding and size of the potential grant and must be approved by the college prior to incurring any expenses.

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, 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. All travel support must be approved by the college prior to incurring any expenses.

For more information or to request support to engage a grant consultant, build a research team, attend a workshop or visit a funding agency, contact Carolyn Lawrence-Dill, CALS Associate Dean for Research and Discovery,, 515-294-4294.