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Grants and Contracts Development Officer

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Search #: 495893
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Grants and Contracts


The College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR) at the University of Connecticut is seeking a full-time Grants and Contracts Development Officer, who will assist the extramural funding activity of the College by providing frontline pre-award customer service support to faculty and staff submitting grant proposals. The candidate will report to the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies and perform a wide range of key functions necessary to the grant submission process, including planning and coordination of proposal development and assembling and transmission of proposal documents to UConn Sponsored Programs Office for final submission to the grant agency.


  1. Perform routine searches to identify funding sources and grant programs that pertain to the current and evolving research and extension interests of CAHNR faculty and staff.
  2. Create funding search reports, draft funding opportunity announcements and regularly disseminate the information to faculty and staff.
  3. Assist faculty/principal investigators in interpreting grant solicitations and sponsor regulations, evaluating the appropriateness of projects for opportunities, identifying necessary proposal components, developing project timelines, preparation of research contracts, and managing proposal preparation from concept to submission, ensuring that internal and external deadlines are met.
  4. Work with faculty on budget development and budget narrative for grant proposals to comply with institutional and sponsor guidelines, and organize and manage the circulation of grant proposal documents for internal and external investigator review/approval prior to submission.
  5. Coordinate meetings of proposal team members (internal and external to UConn), facilitate communication/collaboration among team members, and ensure that team members have access to up-to-date proposal documents.
  6. Collaborate with various offices throughout the University to ensure successful integration of all grant components and compliance with all funding solicitation and sponsor requirements, specifically the Sponsored Programs Office, IACUC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee), IBC (Institutional Biosafety Committee), and IRB (Institutional Review Board) protocols.
  7. Assemble all required proposal documents for grant applications in preparation for submission.
  8. Proofread proposal documents prior to submission, ensuring readability, typographical/grammatical correctness, appropriate formatting, and completeness.
  9. Participate in meetings or discovery activities to learn and inform faculty regarding emerging topics and initiatives, particularly topics related to grant opportunities and sponsor expectations/guidelines.
  10. Prepare reports and presentations on CAHNR grant funding data obtained from the Office of Vice President for Research and other sources.
  11. Research, analyze and prepare reports and presentations on CAHNR faculty research scholarship data obtained from Academic Analytics, especially in comparison to respective data from peer and aspirant institutions.
  12. Prepare routine correspondence related to outgoing grant proposals, incoming awards, and college grant activity.
  13. Perform other related duties as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree and at least one (1) year of professional experience related to grant development, grant opportunity searches, budget preparation, and project management.
  • Knowledge/familiarity with common grant proposal preparation/submission tools and online portals (e.g. eRA commons, NSF Fastlane) and grant management tools/databases (e.g. InfoED)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to work flexibly, productively, and collegially with faculty and staff.
  • Demonstrated ability managing complex projects within time constraints and coordinating teams.
  • Excellent time and deadline management skills, with the ability to prioritize responsibilities, attend to details, take initiative and work independently.
  • Ability to work professionally as part of a broader proposal development team that may include faculty, staff, and senior administrators.
  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Master’s degree in Business Administration, Finance, or Public Administration
  • Two to three years of work experience in an academic/university setting.
  • Experience in developing large, multi-institutional grant proposals for federal sponsors.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Acrobat Reader and Project Management Software.
  • Ability to create scientific visualizations, figures, and other graphical representations of data and analysis.
  • Certified Pre-award Research Administrator

This is a full-time, 12-month permanent position, with an excellent benefits package including medical and retirement, as well as employee and dependent tuition waivers at the University of Connecticut (outlined here: Salary will be commensurate experience.


Employment at the University of Connecticut is contingent upon the successful candidate’s compliance with the University’s Mandatory Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. This Policy states that all workforce members are required to have or obtain a Covid-19 vaccination as a term and condition of employment at UConn, unless an exemption or deferral has been approved.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online at, Staff Positions, Search #495893 to upload a resume, cover letter summarizing candidate’s qualifications and experience for the position, and contact information for three (3) professional references. Inquiries may be addressed to search committee chair Dr. Kumar Venkitanarayanan at [email protected] or his assistant: Ms. Marilyn Gould at [email protected].

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on February 4, 2022.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Advertised: Jan 25 2022 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Feb 04 2022 Eastern Standard Time


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