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Office of Research and Sponsored Projects

The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects supports students, faculty and staff in the College of Education & Human Development with pre-award and post-award activities. We support educational researchers by assisting with searches for funding opportunities, aiding with proposal and budget development, and providing post-award financial and reporting assistance. The office’s ongoing goals are:

  1. To help the College increase its level of sponsored funding over the next three years.
  2. To support educational researchers’ pre-award activities, including grant searching and proposal development.
  3. To support educational researchers’ post-award activities, including financial administration and research support.
  4. To support educational researchers through the strengthening of internal and external relationships.
The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects is located in Suite 330 on the third floor of the College of Education & Human Development building (30 Pryor St., Atlanta).
Melissa Hodge-Penn, Director
Erin Whitney, Administrative Assistant
Office: 404-413-8090
Fax: 404-413-8093
Pre-Award Services

Toni Duncan, Grants and Contracts Officer II
Fax: 404-413-8093

Mi’Yata Johnson, Research Associate II

Post-Award Services

Tonya Daye, Grants and Contracts Officer II

Letitia Williams, Grants and Contracts Officer II


Grant liaisons work with College of Education & Human Development faculty or staff members to assist them in identifying funding opportunities, preparing grant proposals, obtaining required approvals, and facilitating prompt submission.

In certain situations, a grant liaison can travel with potential grant applicants and principal investigators to meet with agency program officers. Additionally, liaisons will be available to attend grant writing team meetings. The grant liaison serves as the faculty or staff members initial point of contact for grant related services in the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP).

Grant liaison services include:

  • Meeting with program officers and principal investigator
  • Providing proposal timeline development
  • Supporting proposal development, construction, and review
  • Accompanying the principal investigator to grant meetings
  • Developing grant budget and budget narrative
  • Processing grant application forms
  • Submitting the proposal
  • Initiating roll-out meeting upon award
  • Processing subcontract agreements
  • Contacting the sponsor as needed
  • Advising regarding contract requirements and other regulations
  • Assisting the ORSP accountant with monitoring grant expenditures
  • Requesting budget reviews (accountant)
  • Requesting re-budgeting (accountant)
  • Requesting no-cost extensions (accountant)
  • Supporting completion of periodic (e.g., annual) reports to the agency.

Accounting staff in the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects are responsible for the following grant activities:

  • Meeting with business manager and principal investigator to review project budgets as requested
  • Monitoring grant expenditures
  • Reviewing and processing cost transfers for sponsored projects
  • Constructing and processing re-budgets
  • Reviewing and approving vouchers, purchase orders, and PAFs for sponsored projects
  • Participating in roll-out meetings
  • Processing journal entries for project-related non-personnel expenses
  • Preparing cost-share budgets

Clinical Agreements

All contracts with outside agencies that will provide internship sites for College of Education & Human Development students not in teacher preparation programs are processed through the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects. Please contact Erin Whitney for more information.

Quantitative Research Design and Implementation

The Office of the Associate Dean of Research in the College of Education & Human Development provides research methodology consulting to assist faculty and doctoral students in research planning, research design, and interpretation of results for quantitative dissertations, grant applications, program evaluation, and research publications.

This service is aligned with the College of Education & Human Development’s strategic plan, and our intent is to provide guidance to enhance the research design and implementation steps so that you can present your findings in the most effective and professional manner. This service is open to College of Education & Human Development faculty members and doctoral students.

Contact information:

Robert Hendrick
College of Education & Human Development Building
30 Pryor St. SW, Atlanta, GA
Room 468
404-413-8033 (fax)

The Professional Development Wednesdays Information Series provides a platform for dissemination and discussion of new research, grant implementation, instructional technology, and educational issues.

Each week of the month, from September to November and from February to April, a different speaker will address interested faculty, students, and staff in The Forum, 1030 Education Building, at noon. The following monthly calendar indicates how topics are scheduled. Additional presentations may be added.

First Wednesday

A nationally known speaker presents on new ways of conducting and disseminating educational research.

Second Wednesday

The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects facilitates a discussion of grant preparation and implementation issues.

Third Wednesday

The Learning Technology Division presents new and cutting-edge ways of using technology in the classroom, including how to improve online instruction.

Fourth Wednesday

Joyce Many facilitates discussion of issues surrounding edTPA, Georgia Teacher Leader evaluations, and the new CAEP Standards

For a complete schedule, visit our calendar listing for Professional Development Wednesdays.