The mission of the SOM Grants & Contracts Office is to help faculty submit proposals and negotiate contracts by providing expertise and review services that help simplify the process, ensure compliance with sponsor guidelines, and promote the timeliness and competitiveness of grant submissions.

During proposal development, the Grants & Contracts Team works with faculty members and SOM Department Research Assistants to consult on funding requirements, budget development, subcontracts, sponsor and university administrative policies. Grants & Contracts also works with campus offices to provide coordinated support to faculty who are seeking to develop agreements with sponsors to conduct clinical trials. Assistance in these areas includes sponsor negotiations in collaboration with MU Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA), which streamlines the approval process. To appropriately recover costs for clinical trials, the Grants and Contracts Office begins providing support prior to the budgetary negotiations with sponsors.

Before submission to SPA, Grants and Contracts reviews and approves proposals on behalf of the Dean of the School of Medicine. Departments should route all grant-related documents for review and approval through their assigned team member. This includes proposal submissions, LOI, JIT, RPPR, Other Support Document request, etc.

The Grants and Contracts Office uses a team approach to create a cohesive relationship between SOM departments and Sponsored Program Administration.

When preparing to submit a proposal, faculty and Department Research Assistants are asked to inform the Grants & Contracts Office of the upcoming proposal 30 days before the proposed deadline. In order to provide a thorough review resulting in the best application, the Grants & Contracts Office requires seven (7) working days before the sponsor deadline. This allows two business days for Grants & Contracts to review and work with the investigator and department to make any corrections, and five business days for SPA to review and submit to the sponsor.


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