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Pre-Award Office

The mission of the Vice President for Research Pre-Award Office is to assist investigators with the preparation and submission of applications for extramural funding. Some of the services offered by the Pre-Award Office include researching the funding opportunity, starting and managing the application, providing instructions and checklists of requirements for the opportunity, reviewing all submission documents, assisting with budget preparation, and liaising with the Office of Sponsored Projects to submit the application. The Pre-Award Office currently serves specific departments and colleges across main campus and health sciences. 

Joy Blatchford

Joy Blatchford

Pre-Award Director

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Joy joined the University of Utah in 2013 as a Grants and Contracts Officer in the Department of Pediatrics coming from managing the Utah Conservation Corps/Student Sustainability Office at Utah State University. She started as the Associate Director for Pre-Award overseeing both the Health Sciences and Main Campus units. She has a passion for process improvement and robust training and is excited for the continued expansion of these services across campus.

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Renae Curtz

Pre-Award Manager

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Renae brings nearly 20 years of experience in Administration and 8 years previous experience with Pre-Award on Main Campus. She is highly organized, very resourceful, and has a track record of successfully managing highly variable workloads while providing excellent oversight for her team. She enjoys the grant process and finds a great sense of purpose playing a part in helping to obtain funding for the brilliant research carried out by the investigators here are the University of Utah.

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Kiera Powers

SVPHS Pre-Award Manager

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Kiera joined the University of Utah in 2007 at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital, and has been involved in research administration since 2011. She has managed both pre- and post-award components of research with cardiovascular, cancer and orthopaedic group at the University and brings her years of knowledge and experience to our SVPHS Pre-Award team. Kiera received her BS in psychology in 2007 from the University of Utah and her MBA from Western Governs University with an emphasis in Healthcare Management in 2019. When not focusing on research, Kiera enjoys spending time with her family and traveling to any beach destination.

Kami McNeil

Kami McNeill

SVPHS Senior Grants
& Contracts Officer

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Kami began working at the University of Utah as a clinical coordinator in January 2001. Since that time she has worked in clinics, departments, the SOM Dean’s Office, and the Office of Sponsored Projects. She has nearly a decade of experience working on grant & contract preparation and management. In February 2015, Kami was hired to start the SVPHS Pre-Award Office. The office provides proposal preparation services to investigators in Basic Science departments within the School of Medicine. Recently, Kami's efforts expanded to include the start-up of a new Pre-Award Office for main campus investigators, in partnership with the Vice President for Research Office. 

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Stephanie Gonzales

Grants & Contracts Officer

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Stephanie began working at the University of Utah in March 2008. Stephanie’s “forever” job, as she states, started right here at the University of Utah. In 2017 she began working for the Neurosurgery-Physiology Department; a job she says “changed her life”. By taking classes and shadowing co-workers, she was able to expand her skills and began learning more about research administration at the University of Utah.

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Brock Mays

Grants & Contracts Officer

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Brock graduated from the University of Utah’s Master of International Affairs and Global Enterprise program in 2019. After graduation, he was awarded a Fulbright grant to do research on disinformation in Lithuania and to promote media literacy. Before attending the University of Utah, he received his bachelor’s degree in International Studies and a minor in linguistics from Utah State University after transferring from Snow College. He loves travel and learning languages and has spent three years in Lithuania, a semester in Finland, and has spent some time in Latvia, Ukraine, and Malaysia. He speaks Lithuanian and some Russian and Spanish as well.

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Sophia Eldredge

SVPHS Grants & Contracts Officer

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Sophia works with the SVPHS Research Unit as a Grants and Contracts officer in the Pre-Awards Office. She joined the team in February 2022, bringing her passion and experience in customer relations, training and development, and managerial skills. With a degree in Business Management and two professional certificates, she is also a creative and loves taking classes through Life Long Learning at the University.

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Jesse Pugh

sponsored projects Officer

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Jesse received his M.A. in Intercultural Relations from the University of the Pacific and enjoys the spectrum of knowledge created with working in the research field.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, playing the guitar and downhill skiing.

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Shawn Whitworth

Grants & Contracts Officer

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Shawn comes to the University of Utah from the University of Montana. For the past 6 years she has provided pre and post-award services in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) to multiple Colleges and Centers at UM.  In addition, she was the OSP – University of Montana Foundation (UMF) liaison assisting in the set-up of UMF awards with Research Compliance. 

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Teylon Wilson

svphs Grants & Contracts Officer

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Tey works with the SVPHS Research Unit as a Grants and Contracts Officer in the Pre-Award Office. She graduated from Brigham Young University Hawaii in 2015 with a BS in Biology. Prior to joining the University’s School of Biological Sciences in 2019 she served as a legal assistant and undergraduate researcher. She is committed to creating an inclusive educational environment and enjoys expanding her knowledge of sponsored projects while aligning with the mission to foster research administration excellence.

 

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Last Updated: 5/3/22