The mission of the Shared Office for Administration of Research (SOAR) is to provide pre- and post-award research administration services to the College of Health Sciences, Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, and the College of Nursing.

SOAR offers a full range of services in support of the three schools’ sponsored research activities, and acts as a liaison between the faculty and the UWM Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Faculty are encouraged to consult SOAR grant staff early when planning a proposal submission and then to continue to work closely with the office throughout the life of the sponsored project.

Administrative Structure

Under this shared service model each faculty investigator is assigned a designated Grants Administrator (GA). The GA is the principal contact person during the pre-award phase in preparing the grant proposal and once an award is received provides post-award services for the grant.

All requests for pre and post awards services should be made to SOAR Director, Eric Gresnick (gresnick@uwm.edu), who will then assign a GA to your project. The GA will then contact you within two business days.

Who We Work With

The GA serves as a liaison among principal investigators (PIs), Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) university administrative units, sponsors, and departments/deans. The GA coordinates the proposal activities with OSP, PI and the major division. The GA collaborates with each business office to identify processes and manage individual accounts to ensure compliance with university and sponsor regulations and track expenditures for each grant.

What We Do

Pre-award support

  • Interpretation of sponsor guidelines and requirements
  • Budget formulation
  • Liaise with OSP, funding agencies and partners on behalf of researchers and the university
  • Assist with development and preparation of application files
  • Draft budget justification and other administrative sections
  • Coordinate proposal authorizations

Post-award support

GA post-award support includes providing fiscal reports and forecasts, strategizing budgets, reconciling monthly reports, hiring and assigning project personnel, liaising with OSP to execute subcontracts and outside agreements, ensuring compliance with sponsor and university requirements, assisting with reporting to sponsors and coordination of grant/contract extensions and account closeouts.