Grant Operation (GO) Centers

The Grant Operation (GO) Centers brings together key pre- and post-award staff into a single team to provide hands-on support to faculty applying for and managing their grants.

This infrastructure combines many of the departmental and central research tasks into one cohesive team, and it allows for the submission of applications with fewer steps and better communication while making it faster and easier to receive and manage awards.

The first Grant Operation (GO) Center was launched on Dec. 1, 2017, and it supports the research needs of faculty from Arts and Sciences, the School of Nursing, Doisy College of Health Sciences, the College for Public Health and Social Justice, the School of Education, Parks College, University Libraries and other academic units outside of the School of Medicine.

Located in Fusz Hall, the GO Center team members welcome your research teams to meet in their new space that is conducive to a collaborative working an research environment. The launch of the two remaining GO Centers are being coordinated with the School of Medicine TEAM Project

Questions about this new research infrastructure or space can be directed to Alexis Bruce-Staudt, GO Center executive director, at alexis.brucestaudt@slu.edu.

GO Centers' Services

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) reviews and approves all grant submissions to external sponsors, as well as negotiates and accepts all research awards on behalf of Saint Louis University. The GO Center offers specific pre- and post-award services for all SLU researchers as noted below. 

Pre-Award Services

  • Initiates and prepares internal and external grant submissions
    • Assists in setting up proposals in the appropriate university (e.g, eRS) or sponsor (e.g., ASSIST) research administration systems
    • Completes administrative information in grant applications
    • Assembles appropriate application components
    • Drafts project budget and advises on budget justification
    • Obtains appropriate subcontractor paperwork
    • Ensures all applications meet sponsor and university guidelines and deadlines, including management of the just-in-time process
    • Monitors institutional reviews and approvals while obtaining appropriate signatures, as needed
  • Submits proposal for faculty member, where appropriate

Post-Award Services

  • Establishes internal and external grant and contract awards
    • Sets-up pending and active funds, as well as complete budget requests
    • Ensures awarded grant contract/agreement/subcontract is fully executed
    • Executes grant subcontracts and/or consulting agreements to outside parties
  • Manages post-award operations
    • Reviews budgets and reconciles award expenditures on a regular basis
    • Monitors compliance with sponsor and university regulations
    • Notifies and assists with no-cost extensions, progress reports and close-outs
    • Assists faculty in completing effort reports
    • Updates post-award documentation in the appropriate university (e.g, eRS) or sponsor (e.g., Fastlane) research administration systems and monitors institutional reviews and approvals, where appropriate

  • Monitors faculty indirect recovery accounts

GO Center Team

The GO Center team provides hands-on support to faculty applying for and managing their grants. 

Interested in applying for a funding opportunity? The earlier you contact your assigned GO Center pre-award specialist the more we can help you. We ask that faculty submit proposals in the eRS system at least five days prior to the sponsor deadline to ensure enough time for a thorough review and to obtain institutional approval.

Not part of a GO Center yet, but needing assistance with your grant submission? You can email Debbie Williams at debbie.williams@slu.edu or Vicki Moreland at vicki.moreland@slu.edu for support. 

Questions about how to get started on your research once you have been officially notified of your grant award? Please contact your assigned GO Center post-award specialist. To begin spending on a sponsored award, there are specific steps that must be taken in order to set-up the fund according to University and sponsor guidelines.

GO Center Assignments

Additional questions about the GO Center team can be directed to Alexis Bruce-Staudt, GO Center executive director, at alexis.brucestaudt@slu.edu.