Life Span Insitute - Project Development

The LSI Project Development (LSI-PD) Team facilitates the proposal process for external research funding in the broad area of human health, education, and development.  LSI has a long tradition in the area of intellectual/developmental disabilities.   Any individual (faculty member, staff scientist, postdoc, or administrator) with principal-investigator (PI) status who fit within the LSI mission may apply for external funding through the LSI. 

We facilitate the start of this process by assisting investigators in their search for funding.  Announcements about upcoming competitions, requests for applications/proposals, and other opportunities are regularly distributed from our office.

Once an investigator has identified a funding opportunity and has decided to submit a proposal, the LSI-PD provides the following direct assistance to investigators:

  • Preparation of budgets and budget justifications to insure that they satisfy the federal, state and/or foundation guidelines to which the proposal is being submitted
  • Serve as liaison between investigators and KUCR’s  Pre-Award Services and Research Compliance offices, seeking necessary approvals from KUCR/RGS (e.g., PI status, cost-sharing, salary levels, etc.) and checking on compliance issues (e.g., conflict-of-interest, human subjects, animal care, etc.)
  • Ensure that the submitted proposal conforms to sponsors’ requirements for format and content
  • Assemble the final application
  • Submit the completed proposal (by hard copy or electronically) to the funding agency or agencies


Documents and Forms

Cover Letter to NIH
Budget Template
NIH Narrative Template
NSF Narrative Template
Letter of Agreement Template-Contracts
Intent to Form a Subrecipient Agreement
GRA Tuition Tables
Fringe Benefit Rates


RGS Policies

Animal Care/IACUC
Conflict of Interest
Cost-Share Policy
Facilities & Administrative Agreements
Human Subjects & HIPAA Tutorials
Human Subjects Assurance Forms
Principal Investigator Status Policy
Proposal Preparation and Submission
Subrecipient Monitoring

LSI Proposal Policies

Submissions-Two Weeks Prior to Deadline


Grant Opportunities at DE
Grant Opportunities at DE-IES
Grant Opportunities at NIH
Grant Opportunities at NSF
NIH Application writing guide
NIH Public Access Policy - KU Links

List of Services

Application Preparation


Budget and Justification

Compliance Oversight

KUCR Processing


Jessica Black-Magnussen
Associate Director of Project Development
phone: 785-864-0597

Jennifer Myers
Grant Specialist
phone: 785-864-0583

Funding Opportunities Frequently Requested

Department of Health and Human Services
Competition Deadline
NIH-Research Project Grant (Parent R01) 02/05/12, 06/05/12, 10/05/12
NIH-Small Research Grant (Parent R03) 02/16/12, 06/16/12, 10/16/12
NIH-Exploratory Developmental Research Grant (Parent R21) 02/16/12, 06/16/12, 10/16/12
NIH-Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grants (T32) 01/25/12, 05/25/12, 09/25/12
NIH-Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (Parent F31) 04/08/12, 08/08/12, 12/08/12
NSF-Linguistics 01/15/12, 07/15/12
NSF-Social Psychology 01/15/12, 07/15/12
NSF-Developmental and Learning Sciences 01/15/12, 07/15/12
USDE-NIDRR Field Initiated Research Program 03/05/12
USDE-IES Special Education Research Grants Anticipated 06/__/12, 09/__/12
USDE-IES Education Research Grants Anticipated 06/__/12, 09/__/12

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