Office of Sponsored Programs

Thomas Marcussen, Director, (414) 229-4537,

The Office of Sponsored Programs facilitates research at UWM by providing a wide range of services, tools, and training to support researchers throughout the life of a sponsored project. Our office assists principal investigators and research administration staff to:

  • Identify funding sources
  • Develop proposals
  • Review and endorse proposals
  • Negotiate agreements
  • Accept and manage awards
  • Interpret guidelines
  • Promoting compliance with sponsor
    and University policies
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Proposal Development

Advises and assists researchers with grant proposal research, planning, development, and writing. Services include training sessions on a wide range of grant development topics, special programs for junior-level faculty, and coordination of large and complex proposals.

Kari Whittenberger-Keith, (414) 229-4062,
Michelle Schoenecker, (414) 229-2747,

Pre-Award Administration

Advises and assists researchers with grant budget development, proposal submission, and award negotiation for federal and non-federal agencies. Services also include reviewing, negotiating, and processing contracts and award acceptance documents; technical preparation and execution of subawards and amendments; and review and execution of non-financial agreements.

Thomas Marcussen, Director, (414) 229-4537,

Post-Award Administration

Assists researchers and their respective Schools/College/Departments with financial administration of federal and non-federal grants and contracts, final report preparation and submission, and adherence to sponsor fiscal policies and requirements.

Carla Durand, Assistant Director – Post-Award Services, (414) 229-6012,

Research Compliance

Assists researchers with effort reporting, conflict of interest, and export-controlled programs, and works closely with other units on campus to ensure UWM’s compliance with federal and state mandates on sponsored projects.

Tom Marcussen, Director, (414) 229-4537,

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