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Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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Research and Outreach

For information about applying for grants visit the CAS Faculty & Staff Handbook.

What are the main functions of Research and Outreach?

  • Encourage and promote research opportunities and scholarly activities in all the Arts & Sciences disciplines
  • Approve and facilitate sponsored research proposals and agreements
  • Address cost-sharing or other University costs associated with research proposals
  • Develop and apply policies related to the conduct of sponsored research
  • Help to coordinate the development of research laboratories, infrastructure, instrumentation, and computational resources

Why would I contact Research and Outreach?

  • I have questions about preparing and submitting a research proposal.
  • I am unsure about University policies regarding PI status, cost sharing, indirect costs, Conflict of Interest, Export Control compliance, or regulatory issues.
  • What sources of support might there be for my project, and how would I learn about them?
  • I have an idea for a cross-cutting project and would like to discuss and explore collaboration opportunities across BU or more broadly.

Detailed information about CAS policy on principal investigator (PI) status, grant processing deadlines, grant cost-sharing guidelines, faculty and senior lecturer conference travel funds, and Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) department assignments is available here.

How to Contact Research and Outreach

The address for forwarding grant proposals and materials related to grants and research is the Office of the CAS Associate Deans of the Faculty, CAS 115.

For questions and discussion related to research proposals and other matters related to research, contact Marla Krauss, Proposal Development Specialist at or 617-358-5264 or the appropriate divisional associate dean of the faculty as determined by the subject matter of your proposal, which may be different from the administrative classification of your department:

Nancy Ammerman, Associate Dean of the Faculty/Social Sciences 353-2404

Gene Jarrett, Associate Dean of the Faculty/Humanities 353-2404

Michael Sorenson, Associate Dean of the Faculty/Natural Sciences 353-2432

Stan Sclaroff, Associate Dean of the Faculty/Mathematical & Computational Sciences 353-2404

For questions and discussion on proposals related to pedagogy and curriculum, regardless the discipline, contact Susan Jackson ( for undergraduate education or Jeffrey Hughes ( for graduate education.

For matters related to sponsorship or support of conferences to be held at BU,  or BU-based journals, regardless of discipline or subject matter, contact Gene Jarrett (

For matters related to conference travel support, contact Richard Wright (