Office of Grants and Contracts

Mission Statement

The Office of Grants and Contracts was established in February 2011 to promote the research endeavors of the School of Design Faculty.  The Office of Grants and Contracts provides support and enables the research mission of the School of Design, for strategic planning initiatives to significantly expand the level of extramural support for research and service related activities: 

  • Ensures compliance with sponsors and University expectation for managing sponsored program funds. 
  • Serve as a resource for the School of Design regarding sponsor policies and federal regulations.
  • Provides assistance in developing proposals to outside funding agencies
  • Provides training in pre and post award grants management. 
  • Provides oversight management of sponsored programs.

Faculty Research Grant and Contract Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines for Design Faculty

If you are interested in applying to a funding opportunity or have been contacted with an expressed interest, in work on a collaborative project:

1. Set up a meeting with Kimba Johnson at kdsmith@design.upenn.edu, to determine the appropriate mechanism.

2. Complete Pre-Proposal Questionnaire and Checklist Form: Pre-Proposal Questionnaire & Checklist

  • The Pre-Proposal form is required to be completed and signed by Cathy Di Bonaventura,  the I.T. Director and Karl Wellman, Facilities & Operations Director, before your proposal is processed.
  • Return completed Pre-Proposal form to Kimba via email at kdsmith@design.upenn.edu

3. Email sponsor guidelines to Kimba Johnson 10 business days, prior to the sponsor's deadline.

*Sub-awards are required to be issued to the School of Design if:*

  • Design Faculty applies to a funding opportunity, through another School

  • Design Faculty is listed as a Co-PI, Significant Contributor or Collaborator

  • Faculty of another school enters into an agreement, with the McCarg and Kleinman Centers.