Office of Research & Community Engagement

734.936.4208 | Room 1033 |


The Office of Research & Community Engagement, led by Edward A. Silver, serves the school as a collaborative partner to help faculty write the best possible proposals and run the best grants. The office helps faculty with the proposal submission process and with monitoring awards. The office staff can provide assistance with:

Budget Review

The school's research staff play major roles in the budget approval process, ensuring that budgets contain adequate funds for the proposed research, that the university obligations are clear, and that the budget is structured to meet university and funder requirements. Because this takes time, faculty are strongly encouraged to contact the Research Office early in the grant application process.

Principal investigators should submit all proposals and preproposals to Patricia Kraus, the grants administrator for the School of Education. Patricia will work with the university's Office of Research and Sponsored Projects in submitting the proposal to the granting and founding agency. 

All federal grant proposals (USDOE, NSF, NIH, MDE) must be submitted to the Research Office prior to the sponsor's due date. Nine days are required for NIH grants and seven days for all other federal grants. For all other grants, including non-federal, foundation, etc., the grant proposals must be submitted to the office seven days prior to the sponsor's deadline.

How to Start the Grant Application Process

At the point where you are planning to submit a grant, please email Patricia Kraus ( with the following information:

Victoria Bigelow

Evaluation Coordinator

C. Felice Gonzales

Project Associate Manager

Chad Heiser

Sponsored Projects Financial Specialist

Patricia Kraus

Contract & Grant Specialist

Nathan Phipps

Managing Director

Edward A. Silver

William A. Brownell Collegiate Professor, School of Education; Professor, Department of Mathematics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

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