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Office of Large Grant Development

Large Grant Development Office

Services offered by large grant development office



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 clerical, organizational and editorial 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 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

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Recent Successes

During CY2016, the Office assisted 25 faculty in submitting 36 grants to USDA, NSF, NIH and DOE. These secured $13.2M in funding and had a 43% 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.



Susan Cao, M.S. – Project Specialist. Mrs. Cao earned her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at Gonzaga University and her Master’s in Chemistry at the University of Idaho. She has 22 years of experience at WSU assisting at every level with major grant proposals from USDA, NIH, NSF and other agencies. Contact Susan at 509-335-6881 or

Mark Hubbard, Ph.D. – Proposal Development Specialist. Dr. Hubbard earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Nevada and his Ph.D. in Microbiology at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. Before arriving at CAHNRS, he was a Principal Investigator at a university spin-out company, where he was awarded funding from federal agencies to support research and development of diagnostics technologies. Contact Mark at 509-335-0477 or


Faculty References

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