grants for faculty

The Ursinus Grants Office works with faculty and staff to provide information and assistance in the grant-funding process. Along with researching funding opportunities, the grants director is responsible for monitoring all grant activity as well as ensuring compliance with College and federal regulations for all sponsored programs. The goal of the grants office is to support College initiatives and faculty research and projects.

Charlene Wysocki is the Director of Research & Sponsored Programs at the college.  Her office is located in Bomberger Hall, Rm. 226. Hours are Monday  through Friday, from 7:00-3:30, and she can also be reached at Ext. 3574, or via e-mail

Helpful Links

If you want to learn about grants or research foundations, here are some of the top places to search:

The Federal Grants Site:
The Foundation Center:
Ten Essential Websites:

The Grants Office has access to multiple databases for researching funding organizations. Please contact the office for websites and passwords.

The purpose of these guidelines is to establish a proper flow of communication between all external and internal personnel involved in a grant-related project. The procedures are meant to aid you in receiving initial and repeat funding.  Please keep in mind that foundation, government agency and corporation timelines vary.  Although some funders may make their decision within weeks of submission, others take up to six months to decide.  Please plan your proposal timeline accordingly. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Charlene Wysocki, Director of Research & Sponsored Programs at Ext. 3574, or via e-mail   

First, complete the “Proposal Submission Form”.  This form requires signatures of all involved parties PRIOR to proposal submission.  This needs to be given to the Grants Office 10 days before your deadline!  You must also complete a “Conflict of Interest" form. 

Create a draft proposal, including budget, for review by the Grants Director and the Business Office. The Grants director can help match your proposal ideas to funders and later help decipher grant guidelines.  If your grant is awarded, the Grants Office will work with you and the Business Office to follow the established system of checks and balances.  This is to ensure all grant protocol is followed correctly and final reports are submitted accurately.  The Principal Investigator, Business Office, and the Grants Director will review the necessary items needed for reporting and acquisitions.  This may be accomplished via email. 

The Principal Investigator will receive a restricted fund number from the Business Office for all purchase requests.  

The Business Office needs a copy of each requisition concerning the funds used for your project.  (Business Office will also maintain a spreadsheet system to track all expenses related to the grant.  This allows for easy evaluation of the status of the grant, and will also aid in final reporting.  You will receive this monthly financial report.) 

As the Principal Investigator, you will be responsible for submitting the narratives required by the granting agency. 

If the grant is not funded, the Principal Investigator is encouraged to ask the funder for reviewer comments. The Grants Director will then work with the Principal Investigator on any recommended editing and resubmit the grant proposal either to the same funder or other possibilities.



Effective January 4, 2010, all students receiving external funding from NSF, must undergo Responsible Conduct of Research Training via the existing CITI Training course currently used by the IRB.


Dr. Mark Eliison, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, has been awarded an NSF grant for $139,667, to work with undergraduate students on his research, 'Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Nanopores for Motion Control of Biologically Important Molecules and Ions and Undergraduate Training in Nanopore Transport.' Dr. Ellison will be collaborating with Dr. Michael S. Strano, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Physics Professor, Lew RIley was awarded a $128,493 NSF RUI grant titled, "RUI: Shell Structure and Core Polarization in Exotic Nuclei."

Biology Professor, Cory Straub, was recently awarded a $146,445 grant from the USDA titled, "Promoting pest movement to enhance biological control of potato leafhopper".

Chemistry Professor Codrina Popescu, was awarded an NSF RUI grant for $189,747 for her grant "Mossbauer Studies of Iron COntaining Enzyme Active Sites and Model Complexes."