Office of Sponsored Projects

Contact Us

Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center, Lower Level | 1700 SW College Ave. | Topeka, KS 66621-0001 | FAX: 785.670.1048

Mari Tucker, Director | 785.670.1224

Washburn University Office of Sponsored Projects

Mission and Services

Mission Statement

The Office of Sponsored Projects promotes and facilitates the acquisition of external funding to support Washburn University programs, projects and related activities. The Office of Sponsored Projects provides resources and assistance to faculty, staff and administrators to foster project ideas, locate funding opportunities, strengthen grant writing and research skills, develop grant proposals, and to comply with applicable approval and compliance requirements.


To achieve this mission, the Office of Sponsored Projects is committed to the following responsibilities:

  • Work with University departments and personnel to foster grant interests and ideas, and promote faculty/staff involvement with grant activities and proposal development.
  • Research and collect information about government and private sources of funding, including application guidelines and/or requests for proposals.
  • Develop and maintain a database of external grant proposal submissions and awards to provide a wide variety of informational reports.
  • Work closely with the Finance Office (and other appropriate offices) to coordinate internal grant proposal approval activities and to ensure standardized grant administration activities for funded programs.
  • Coordinate grant activities with the Finance Department, University faculty/staff, Institutional Review Board (IRB), and other units as appropriate to ensure that projects are consistent and compliant with the University's mission and priorities.
  • Organize information and develop training programs, including a grant resource library and website, to enhance the campus community's grant seeking skills.

Services Available

  • Individual consultation on any aspect of the grant process.
  • Training, workshops, and literature pertaining to grant funding, writing, development, and administration.
  • Analysis and interpretation of compliance related issues, rules, and regulations.
  • Project-specific grant funding research.
  • Access to grant resource library.
  • Proposal assistance, including:
    • Time analysis for application preparation
    • Narrative and proposal development
    • Budget preparation and review
    • Subaward review and contract preparation
    • Editing and review
    • Ensuring compliance with University and funding agency guidelines
    • Securing required campus approvals
    • Identification and assembly of certification and insurance
    • Final grant preparation and mailing (electronic or mail)
    • Follow up after submission
  • Award management (through Finance Office), including:
    • Financial reporting on federal awards
    • Audit compliance

Recent Awards

Washburn University’s Learning in the Community (LinC) was recently awarded a sponsorship grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency which administers the AmeriCorps VISTA program.

The Washburn VISTA project will place 19 VISTA members in community agencies in Shawnee, Douglas and Atchison counties and one VISTA Leader on the Washburn Campus. Dr. Rick Ellis, LinC Director, will serve as the Project Director and recruitment of VISTA members and partner community agencies will begin immediately.

VISTA members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency, where they learn valuable work skills, earn money for education, and develop an appreciation for citizenship. VISTA members focus their efforts on building the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of local organizations which fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities. Partnering agencies will utilize VISTA members to build the capacity of their organization and enhance its ability to serve the community.

Working hand in hand with CNCS, the Washburn VISTA project will address some of the most pressing challenges facing our nation. The Washburn project will join the more than 80,000 Americans across the U.S. who are placed in intensive service at nonprofit, school, public agency, community or faith-based organizations.

For further information on the project or recruitment activities, contact Dr. Ellis at or 785-670-2117.