The Pre-Award Grants and Contracts team at CHeSS supports investigators who wish to apply for interdisciplinary research funding. Navigating the requirements of government agencies, foundations, and private donors can be challenging. The Pre-Award staff helps investigators craft, hone, and submit applications to meet the complex and varied needs of specific funders. As CHeSS faculty affiliates hail from the Biological Sciences, Social Sciences, Business, Law, Public Policy, and Social Service Administration Divisions, we also help investigators identify potential collaborators for interdisciplinary research projects. We work closely with the CHeSS Post-Award staff and with the University Research Administration (URA) to ensure that each application, and the management of each grant award, meets the rigorous standards of both funding agencies and the University of Chicago.


We Offer

  • Assistance with federal and non-federal request for proposal searches
  • Application preparation support (e.g. budget preparation, tailorable grant templates, etc.)
  • Guidance on NIH and other federal and non-federal funder compliance
  • Application submission via AURA, the University’s gateway grant submission system
  • Support with funders’ grant submission portals and protocols
  • Response to NIH “JIT” (Just-In-Time) requests and other federal and non-federal funders’ correspondence on pending awards
  • Subaward application support and subcontract execution
  • Interface with University Research Administration on all aspects of grant management
  • Specialized support for interdisciplinary research project proposals


Contact Us

Angelique Johnson, Director of Grants Administration
Phone: (773) 702-5066


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