Staff

The Office of Research provides leadership and administrative support to TTU faculty and staff in the identification and receipt of funding for research and creative or other scholarly activities.  Additionally the Office of Research, working in conjunction with Grants Accounting, ensures that awards and contracts are compliant with federal, state, sponsor, TBR and TTU  regulations, terms and conditions.

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Francis Otuonye, Associate Vice President for Research
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(931) 372-3374
Derryberry Hall (DBRY) 305

 

 

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Beverly McDonald-Robinson, Director of Sponsored Programs & Creative Activities
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(931) 372-3874
Derryberry Hall (DBRY) 306

 

 

 

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Mark Lynam, Coordinator
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(931) 372-3673
Derryberry Hall (DBRY) 306 Webpage

 

  • identify funding opportunities
  • coordinate interdisciplinary proposal submissions
  • assist in budget construction
  • ensure completeness of proposal package
  • meet the funding agency's guidelines
  • assist with electronic grant submissions
  • assist on matters regarding intellectual property

 

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Sammie Sparks, Contract Compliance Assistant
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(931) 372-3202
Derryberry Hall (DBRY) 306

 

  • review proposals for compliance with both University and external regulations
  • negotiate grants and contracts
  • execute awarded contracts
  • process activation forms to establish accounts
  • review awarded contracts for compliance with regulations
  • facilitate communication with funding agencies on matters related grants/contracts administration
  • assist with report submission

 

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Ellen Wolfe, Proposal Development Specialist
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(931) 372-6587
Derryberry Hall (DBRY) 306

 

  • help develop, edit, and organize proposals
  • assist with gathering data, support letters, curriculum vitae, assurances, and documentation
  • assist with completing the PEF, budgets, tables or charts
  • outline the proposal requirements and guidelines
  • assist with assembling proposal components

Additionally, our staff provides leadership, guidance and support to the TTU community to:

  • present seminars and workshops on proposal development, and coordinate programs and activities related to external funding
  • develop proposals for submission to external funding agencies
  • assist in interpretation of policies related to research compliance
  • provide guidance to facilitate preparation and timely submission of applications to the TTU Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (a.k.a., IRB)
  • initiate and develop collaborative and interdisciplinary opportunities/contacts on and off campus
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