Welcome to the Wheelock Office of Research
Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development has maintained a dual commitment to preparing highly qualified educators and advancing research and scholarship through the application of theory into practice that builds stronger communities through improving learning outcomes and school performance. The Office of Research is dedicated to serving faculty interests in research, scholarship and grant-making efforts. Our aim is to provide access to resources, grant opportunities, and support systems that allow you to reach your full potential as a scholar and investigator.
Office of Research Staff
|Beth Warren, Associate Dean for Researchemail@example.com||617-353-9366|
|Initial consultation to explore research and grant development goals, as well as for consultation on current research projects.|
|Marianne Taylor, Senior Research Administratorfirstname.lastname@example.org||617-353-3211|
|Contact Marianne for information related to grant development such as pre-award planning, creating the budget, and submitting applications. Marianne is also responsible for assisting with post-award management, such as preparing reports for funding agencies, ensuring purchases are compliant with BU and sponsor policies, and reconciling award accounts.|
|Shaun Russell, Grants Administratoremail@example.com||617-358-1854|
|Shaun administers the post-award process for the school’s grants. He monitors grant budgets to ensure financial responsibility, and compliance with agency regulation. He assists in the pre-award submission process, developing budgets and obtaining University approvals.|
|Leslie Dietiker, IRB Contact for Wheelockfirstname.lastname@example.org||617-353-3280|
|Dr. Dietiker is on the IRB review board and should be contacted in regards to any issues related to attaining IRB approval.|
|Open, Graduate Assistant|
|Contact for questions or comments relating to funding databases, BU internal funding or for assistance in preparing presentation materials.|
The full policy can be found here.
To meet the university deadlines while providing optimal service to Wheelock faculty and staff submitting grant applications, the Office of Research proposes the following steps.
Fill out a proposal planning form (at least 12 business days prior to sponsor deadline).
The proposal planning form asks for basic information about your proposed project and target dates for the completion of key steps in the process. Fill out the form as soon as you have identified a funding source you’re interested in applying to and send it to Marianne Taylor as an email attachment. This is critical to be able to plan for the proposal support needs of various requests. If multiple grant requests have similar deadlines, you will likely be asked to accommodate a faster schedule for meeting key deadlines in order to insure your proposal is completed and submitted on time.
Meet with IT to discuss your technology needs, if applicable.
IT will help identify the technology and media resources needed to successfully execute your project. There will likely be costs involved for these services and these costs will need to be built into your budget.
Meet with Marianne Taylor to plan your budget.
Schedule a meeting to discuss your budget needs with Marianne Taylor. The preliminary budget will allow you as PI and the Office of Research to evaluate the feasibility of implementing your project which may impact the scope and project goals. Budget planning should begin no later than 3 weeks before the proposal deadline. You need to know only general categories of budget items—personnel needs, travel, equipment, special services, unusual supplies—required to carry out your project. Marianne will calculate the dollar amounts based on her experience with extramural funding. It is especially important to identify unusual budget items, cost-sharing needs, and subcontract expectations. If you are including another institution as a subcontract, Marianne will provide the documentation needed and it is important that you let your contacts at the institution understand the timelines required to meet the proposal deadline, as well as the name, phone number, and email address of a person Marianne can contact if questions or problems arise.
After the planning meeting, Marianne will prepare a preliminary budget for you. There will likely be multiple revisions leading up to the final budget.
Submit your draft proposal for editing and routing.
Submit an electronic draft of your proposal (abstract, narrative, and references, preferably as Word documents) to V. Scott Solberg at least 2 weeks before the proposal deadline. Marianne will begin routing the proposal abstract, final budget and budget justification, and other required documents for signatures.
The proposal draft will be routed from the Office of Research before going to BU’s Office of Sponsored Programs for university authorization.
Submit your final proposal for submission to the funding agency.
If you are wanting the Office of Research to prepare your online submission, it is critical that you plan to send the final drafts of your abstract, narrative, and references with all required attachments to Marianne at least 4 days before the proposal deadline. Marianne will facilitate electronic and hard copy submissions and will work with you to ensure that all required documents are in place.
Review your completed proposal; order print copies.
Submitting your proposal in a timely and accurate manner is critical to the mission of our Office of Research. Please review and solicit a colleague to review your proposal at least 2 days before the documents are submitted to the funding agency. Review, uploading and mailing of electronic and hard-copy submissions takes place in the Office of Research and should be scheduled with Marianne.
After the proposal has gone out, the Office of Research will make archival copies of your grant. Let Marianne know how many print copies of the proposal you’ll need for yourself and other project personnel.
Plan human subjects training and protocol submission.
If your proposed project will at any point involve research with human subjects, you will need to comply with federal regulations and university policies. The http://www.bu.edu/orc/training/human-subjects/citi-program/ links you to the training options needed to be able to participate in human subjects research. Before human subjects research may begin, an application for approval (protocol) must be reviewed and approved (http://www.bu.edu/irb/application-forms/).
The mandatory human subjects training must be completed by all individuals, including students, who will be involved in the design and conduct of your research, regardless of whether they receive compensation from the award.