Grants Hub - ISU Office of the Vice President for Research

Grants Hub

Access electronic service request forms at the Grants Hub website,

Faculty and staff interested in engaging with the Grants Hub who have further questions may send an e-mail to or call 515-294-4220.


The Grants Hub is a centralized unit at Iowa State University within the Office of the Vice President for Research that provides a broad range of services to help researchers obtain and manage external funding.

The Grants Hub is designed to

  • reduce the administrative burden on faculty in submitting grants and managing awards,
  • fill some gaps in critical support services that currently exist in pockets across campus,
  • improve the overall efficiencies in the grant submission process by working closely with OSPA and responsible research and compliance units,
  • improve ISU’s overall proposal success rate,
  • diversify ISU’s funding portfolio,
  • get new faculty well oriented with basic proposal development and submission skills and trained in the rudiments of research administration,
  • develop the next generation of faculty who will be expected to lead large interdisciplinary research efforts, and
  • provide guidance on non-technical aspects of proposals.


Our Services

The Grants Hub currently offers five services to ISU researchers. Descriptions of the services and links to the electronic service request forms are listed below and on the Grants Hub’s website.

Finding Funding Opportunities: Through this service, the Grants Hub staff will use agency websites and databases to help you find funding for research or a specific program. The databases include Pivot, the Foundation Center Directory, and Grant Forward.

Graphics: Through this service, the Grants Hub staff will develop visuals for your proposals. These visuals include, but are not limited to, graphics depicting research concepts and graphics showing the organizational structure of a proposed project.

Proposal Consultation: This service involves an individual consultation with a Grants Hub staff member aimed toward identifying the key requirements and constraints of a solicitation and creating a checklist of these components.

Budget Consultation & Preparation: The Grants Hub staff offers budget preparation services for budgets with and without subcontracts. As part of these services, the Grants Hub staff will submit the Goldsheet (budget, justification, summary of work, and subcontract information (if applicable)). The Grants Hub staff will also serve as the point of contact for the Office of Sponsored Programs Administration (OSPA) on budget issues.

Editing:Grants Hub staff members will proofread  proposals in order to achieve a grammatically correct and professionally polished document. They will also provide edits aimed toward improving a proposal’s clarity, flow, and alignment with the solicitation.

Award Review: Anytime after you receive an award, the Grants Hub staff will review the award, answer any questions you have, and develop an award checklist. The checklist will include information related to compliance, reporting, and post-award financial management. This service will also include a review of the award terms and conditions and reporting requirements.

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