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CAHNR Grants Development Office

The CAHNR Grants Development Office (GDO) is the central administrative resource for all grant and contract proposals within the college. The GDO serves as the liaison between College research faculty and extension educators and Sponsored Programs Services (SPS) and provides a variety of services designed to facilitate and streamline the grant application process for CAHNR principal investigators.

Standard proposal development assistance includes:

  • Offering advice and consultation throughout the proposal development process
  • Interpreting sponsor's RFA/RFP instructions and guidelines
  • Providing standard university information for use in sponsor's application forms
  • Preparing budgets
  • Reviewing proposals and budgets for compliance with instructions and regulations
  • Submitting proposals to SPS for approval, working with SPS and PIs to resolve any issues, and distributing signed pages from SPS to PIs
  • Identifying and distributing potential funding opportunities
  • Training new employees on the grants management process and current PIs on new processes and procedures
  • Maintaining library of forms, templates, and instructions from UConn and many federal agencies

Additional assistance that may be offered if time permits (at the discretion of the GDO), includes:

  • Obtaining appropriate application packages and pre-completing standard information
  • Working with grant administrators at subawardee institutions to obtain budgets, budget forms, and other required paperwork
  • Completing budget forms within application packages or web-based systems such as NSF Fastlane
  • Converting files to Adobe PDFs
  • Uploading attachments into application packages

For more information on grant proposal development, please contact Nancy Abbott (


News and Events


Graduate Student Reseach Forum

Save the date: Satuday, March 25th

9am - 3pm Oak Hall

More details here



Grant Announcements:


New grant awards

October-December 2016

SPS full list

Agricultural and Resource Economics:

Tatiana Andreyevea, $14,832. Updating the Rudd Tax Calculator, Healthy Food America


Animal Science:

Mary Anne Amalaradjou, $179,826  Understanding Nutrition Through Biomics, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research

Mary Anne Amalaradjou $95,013, Listeria Monocytogenes Growth and Survival on Peaches and Nectarines as influenced by Stone Fruit Operations. USDA/NIFA

Dennis D'Amico, $19,788, Determining the Efficacy of Commercial Protective Cultures for the Control of Salmonella and Shiga-Toxin Producing Escherichia Coli in Raw Mike for Cheesemaking, Walker (George) Mile Research Fund



Chet Arnold, $144,138,  Water and Sustainability: Education Curriculum using Online Mapping Tools to Support Teaching and Student Learning, USDA/NIFA

David Dickson, $28,000, Nitrogen Outreach Along the Connecticut Coast, EPA/Long Island Sound Office/ CT DEEP

Tessa L. Getchis, $7,573, Sea Grant Aquaculture Research Program, DOC/NOAA/Oceanic and Atmospheric Research/UNH



Douglas Casa, $22,039, Relationship Between Classical Magnet School and University of CT, Hartford Public Schools.

Douglas Casa, $24,999, Relationship SMSA and University of CT, Hartford Public Schools. 

Douglas Casa, $7,573, POLAR  Team Pro Validation and Comparison,   Polar Electro

Natural Resources and the Environment:

Beth A. Lawrence, $85,786, Increasing Biodiversity and Habitat Complexity in Invaded Wetlands., EPA/Loyola University Chicago

Anita Morzillo, $253,054, Attitudes Toward Black Bears and their Management in CT, DOI/US Fish and Wildlife Service/CT Dept of Energy and Eniv.Protection

Nutritional Sciences:

Christopher Blesso, $17,057, Anti-inflammatory and Hypolipidemic Effects of Egg Sphingomyelin for the Prevention of AtherosclerosisL A pilot study, American Egg Board


Paulo Verardi, $413,291, Rapid Development of Replication-controlled Vaccinia Virus Vectors for Vaccines and Therapeutics with Single or Double Safety Features, DHHS/NIH

Plant Science and Landscape Architecture

Joan E. Allen, $21,000, Northeast Plant Diagnostic Network, USDA/Dept of Agriculture

Donna R. Ellis, $6,586, Forest Pest Outreach, USDA/APHIS/CT AG Experiment Station

Jason Henderson, $78,323, Organic Turf and No-Pesticide Turf Demonstration Project, CT Dept of Energy and Envir.Protection



How to Join a Multistate Project

Instructions to join a Multistate Project   - Link to directions for viewing project proposals and for creating an Appendix E to authorize participation by your scientist(s) /specialist(s) in the above proposed projects. 

New NIMSS database users manual