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Grants & Contracts Administration

Our goal is to provide Minneapolis VA investigators with professional expertise to facilitate all aspects of grant and contract submission and post-award administration. We provide these services for awards from the federal government (e.g., National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, etc.), industry, and private foundations.


Pre-award administration: We collaborate with researchers to prepare and submit high-quality competitive applications and ensure that all applications are in compliance with sponsor policies and guidelines. Work supporting pre-award management may also include:

  • Identifying potential sources of external funds that are aligned with PI’s qualifications and interests
  • Disseminating funding opportunities to the research community
  • Developing biographical sketches, budgets and budget justifications, and current and pending support forms
  • Drafting letters of support and collaboration and
  • Reviewing and providing feedback to enhance grant proposals.

Post-award administration: After an award is received by the institution, CVRE liaises with PIs, administrators, and staff to manage funded projects. Work supporting post-award management may also include:

  • Monitoring budgets and approving expenditure requests
  • Administering sub-contracts
  • Submitting financial and progress reports to sponsors
  • Ensuring research is compliant with all applicable federal and state rules and sponsor guidelines.

For more information on Pre Award (Grants) and Contracts, contact