Grant Development Support Unit Offers Free Services

The Grant Development Support Unit (GDSU) is a resource available to all CFAES faculty to assist with grant proposal development and submission. Some of you may remember when there was a proposal fee associated with this service, but GDSU’s services are now FREE. GDSU has three grant specialists: Lori Kaser (CFAES Grants and Contracts Administrator), Pam Schlegel, and Melissa Burant. The GDSU has locations on the Columbus and Wooster campuses. You can contact any of these individuals directly or through the general GDSU email address:

It is always best to contact GDSU early in the proposal process and notify them of your needs and timeline. Our services are on a first-come, first-serve basis, and we recommend trying to get on our schedule as soon as you know you will be pursuing a funding opportunity. Otherwise, the staff may be fully booked and will direct you to other resources. As part of the engagement process, your GDSU grant coordinator will start with a review that outlines roles, responsibilities, requirements, and limitations when working with the GDSU.  Once there is agreement to move forward, she will set up a Buckeye Box with forms and templates tailored specifically to your proposal needs. The templates will include a budget worksheet with Office of Sponsored Program’s (OSP) most current fringe and F&A (indirect cost) rates.  The team has worked with a wide range of granting agencies and have a great working relationship with OSP.

In addition to assisting with grant proposal development, GDSU offers a New Researcher Onboarding packet and hosts a variety of training opportunities. The GDSU staff is always available to answer general grant-related questions. The website offers a wealth of information and resources.  If you are not receiving the monthly newsletter, Research News, please email Kayla Arnold (, Grants Office Associate, to be added to the listserv.


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