The University of Iowa

Grant-writing Assistance

The IP Grants Office can offer assistance with a variety of tasks associated with the grant process. As soon as you begin thinking about a proposal or project, contact our office to discuss how IP might support your efforts. We are interested in helping IP faculty and staff develop proposals for external funding in support of their research, teaching, and service goals, especially those related to the mission of International Programs. The IP Grants Office can also help faculty and staff identify appropriate sources of external funding for individual projects.

The IP Grants Office offers the following kinds of services to assist in the grant submission process:

  • Help with identifying potential funding sources for a particular project and contacting funding agencies to discuss whether your proposal fits designated priorities
  • Assistance with writing the grant, i.e., assistance in crafting a proposal that is clear and compelling, that targets its audience, and that addresses the criteria outlined in the grant program guidelines. (The Grants Office cannot, however, formulate the initial or final narrative for you)
  • Provision of statistics and standard texts about UI constituent units (e.g., the UI Libraries, International Programs, individual departments and colleges, etc.).
  • Assistance with assembling the application packet by facilitating the gathering of required information, collection of ancillary material (e.g., faculty bios and c.v.s), and preparation of a budget required by the funding agency and/or UI
  • Help with routing the grant within the university (e.g., the IP staff member will collect the required signatures)

Given the number of people and programs the office serves, at certain times of the year, we may be unable to accommodate those who have not contacted us early in the process. It is therefore strongly suggested that you contact the grants coordinator as soon as you have an idea about submitting an application. A firm timeline will be set for working on grant applications. Deadlines within these timelines must be met to ensure timely completion of the application.

The office will do everything possible to facilitate the grant submission process, but it should be emphasized that while the office assists in the process, it does not take primary responsibility for the grant.

Helpful advice for Writing Grant Applications

Faculty are encouraged to contact the grants coordinator with any inquiries they may have.

Other Advice and Information

The Division of Sponsored Programs website links to other useful sites concerning proposal preparation. Scholars preparing applications for funding should consult this site as early in the process as possible.

Contact Information

Ann Knudson
Grants Administrator
International Programs, 1111-AA UCC
Phone (319) 335-0374