The College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR) is committed to research that solves problems and investigates new areas relevant to agriculture, food, forestry and the environment. The Office of Research & Graduate Education is responsible for the policies and procedures associated with formula funded and competitive research projects. We encourage fundamental research to gain basic knowledge in relevant agriculture fields, and multidisciplinary collaborations between institutions, agencies and fields of study to advance national goals established by the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA)
Support for the development and processing of grant and contract proposals is provided by our Manager of Grants Development, Nancy Abbott. The Grants Development Office (GDO) exists to facilitate and streamline the grant application process, and to liaise between CAHNR faculty and UConn's Sponsored Program Services Services include advice and consultation on proposal preparation, interpretation of sponsor guidelines and requests for proposals, development of budgets, review of draft proposals, and submitting of final proposals to Sponsored Program Services for formal review, approval, and submission to the sponsor. The GDO also provides training to graduate students, postdocs, and new faculty on the grants development process.
In addition, research is supported by the Storrs Agricultural Experiment Station (SAES) which administers federal formula funds. Formula funds are distributed to approximately 90 approved projects annually. Projects are prioritized within departments and budgets support personnel, supplies, and travel to multistate research meetings.
CAHNR also supports Graduate Research through assistance with grant proposals, professional development, and the Graduate Research Council.