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Welcome to the Grants Office of the Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) School of Public Affairs. The research grants and contracts effort serves to encourage and assist faculty members and graduate students in securing external sponsors for their research and instruction.

Please visit the rest of the website for your grant needs and questions. As the senior grants and contracts specialist, I will help guide you through the process of applying for grants or fellowships. I am happy to work with you on your proposals and grants—please feel free to email, call, or stop by my office.

Jeff Meserve
Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist
Sid Richardson Hall, Room 3.389
Austin, TX 78713

Services to Support Faculty Members' Pursuit of Research Grants and Contracts

  1. Raising interest and awareness about funding opportunities pertinent to the school’s research mission for faculty members (PIs) and graduate students.
  2. Alerting faculty members to upcoming internal and external opportunities involving both public and private sponsors. See Funding Opportunities.
  3. Assisting faculty members and Centers with the following matters:
    • technical components (proposal preparation, budgets, forms, and workshops);
    • research-related compliance,
    • outreach to grantors or sponsors;
    • and incentive(s) (i.e., returned indirect costs/overhead) per University and School policy.
  4. Facilitating the electronic submission of grants and contracts.
  5. Coordinating and communicating with institutional bodies such as the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP), Development Office (school and university), Financial Affairs, Business Contracts, etc., about research grants and contracts.
  6. Providing up-to-date reports on LBJ School grant activity including grant applications, grants received, and status of grant proposals.
  7. Facilitating interdisciplinary collaborations for research efforts.

PLEASE NOTE: Submitting Proposals – Proposals to external funding sources for sponsored projects must be submitted through OSP and awards received must be processed by OSP, except in rare instances. For each sponsor, a "Proposal Review Form" and original proposal, as well as two copies of the proposal for OSP's files, should be delivered to OSP for processing at least four working days prior to the date the proposal must be transmitted to the sponsor.

Also, please contact the LBJ School's senior grants and contract specialist to ensure proper adherence to the School-level routing and approval process and procedures for all research grants, contracts, and proposals.This website includes various sections with different types of information to assist faculty members pursuing external research funding or sponsored project opportunities at the LBJ School of Public Affairs: