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Office of Large Grant Development


The Office of Large Grant Development supports faculty with appointments in Research and Extension who are pursuing opportunities for extramural funding. Our primary purpose is to provide editorial, organizational, and clerical services to individuals who i) lead complex, multi-investigator/institutional grant efforts, or ii) are at the early stages of their research careers. As time permits, our personnel are also willing to assist all other faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students seeking competitive funds from federal/state agencies, foundations, and private sources.



Our support is intended to ease the workload of the application process, improve the competitiveness of proposals, increase institutional knowledge, and expand the impact of CAHNRS research.



Our Office offers a one-stop, versatile, flexible and service-oriented approach to meeting faculty needs. Working with our team replaces the role of your assigned business center. In the past, we have assisted with:

  • Meeting with faculty to discuss their next proposal efforts;
  • Scheduling and organizing meetings between faculty located in Pullman and remotely;
  • Analyzing the requirements of Request For Applications (RFA);
  • Editing proposal documents (Narrative, Summary, Abstract, Data Management Plan, etc.);
  • Generating clean figures and tables, and graphic design;
  • Obtaining, organizing and inputting information for supporting documents (Conflict of Interest, Current & Pending Support, Biographical Sketches, etc.);
  • Establishing contacts at subcontract institutions and monitoring timelines;
  • Assisting in the preparation of budget spreadsheets and forms;
  • Offering strategic advice, especially for junior faculty members

Download an expanded list of services offered


Recent Successes

During CY2021, the Office has assisted 26 faculty in submitting 26 grants to USDA, NSF, NIH, DOE, and DOI. These have so far secured $17.3M in funding, with a 46% success rate. Research groups were from the Pullman and Tri-Cities urban campuses as well as the Research and Extension Centers in Prosser, Puyallup, Mt. Vernon, and Wenatchee.



Emily Klarquist, M.S. – Grant Writer & Proposal Development Specialist. Emily Klarquist earned her Bachelor’s degree in Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology at Colorado State University, and her M.S. in Crop Science at Washington State University (WSU). Before arriving at CAHNRS, Emily was a Senior Research Assistant for the USDA-ARS Club Wheat Breeding Program where she oversaw greenhouse operations, managed genetic resources, and supported graduate research. Contact Emily at


Faculty References

Questions about the past performance of the Office can be directed to CAHNRS Office of Research Assistant Director David Gang (