In conjunction with SMU’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies (ORGS), the Simmons School offers a variety of services that assist Simmons researchers with all stages of a funded project—from the 1st stage of identifying a funding source to the final stage of closing a project.
SMU’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies (ORGS) can guide you through the process of finding funding. ORGS maintains databases such as the SPINplus database, Foundation Director Online Professional, Duke University Funding database, and the Office of National Fellowships and Awards. ORGS' research specialists are available for consultation, and Evelyn Day, a research librarian with CUL, can help you identify grants that align with your particular research interests. Simmons’ Center on Research and Evaluation (CORE) also regularly sends Grants Alerts emails to keep researchers abreast of current opportunities as they arise. Please contact Hiba Rahim if you would like to receive these emails or have any suggestions to expand the funding agencies highlighted in these.
CORE offers a variety of valuable services to assist Simmons faculty and staff in the design and analysis of research. Their services include instrument design, data collection, data processing and management, quantitative and qualitative data analytics, and consulting on all aspects of research development.
Once you are ready to apply for a sponsored research project, please contact Kathryn Canterbury, Simmons Assistant Dean for Grants and Research. Both ORGS and CORE offers resources to help you write the proposal. For ORGS writing assistance, visit ORGS’ guide to grants; for CORE’s writing assistance, visit CORE’s consulting page.
Kathryn can help you prepare the SMU Proposal Initiation and Approval Form (PIAF), which is an internal review and approval document that is required for all proposals for external funding. Kathryn must submit the PIAF with an abstract/statement of work and budget justification to ORGS at least 10 days prior to the proposal submission deadline. The form comprises 8 sections, 6 of which are completed by the PI and Kathryn, 1 of which is developed by Kathryn, and 1 of which constitutes a signatures section that is processed by ORGS.
Proposal Initiation and Approval Form (PIAF):
Completed by PI with Kathryn Canterbury's assistance:
Completed by Kathryn:
Routed via DocuSign by ORGS:
The P.I. should work with Kathryn and ORGS to submit the grant application to the agency.
Over the life of a project, Kathryn can assist with staff and consultant hiring and with the preparation and submission of miscellaneous post-award transactions, including Budget Change Requests (BCRs), invoices, travel documents, payroll, purchasing, accounts receivable, audit preparation, and closeout reporting. Should you have questions regarding research compliance, including the protection of human subjects, please refer to the Institutional Review Board. For issues regarding the protection and commercialization of intellectual property (IP), refer to IP and Technology Management.
For additional information about Simmons' Research Resources for Faculty and Staff, please contact:
Simmons Assistant Dean for Grants & Research