OSP | Contacts and Functions

Person to Contact Regarding Proposals

Shira Lowinger serves as a point of contact for all matters related to proposals prior to submission to the sponsor. Shira provides budget development services as needed, reviews proposal budgets for compliance with AU and federal guidelines, and initiates and coordinates the AU routing process with PI, Dept. Chair, Dean and Vice Provost. In addition, Shira reviews proposal components for responsiveness to Request for Proposals (RFPs), completes sponsor online forms and budget forms, and submits proposal when institutional submission is required, and provides information regarding funding opportunities that have been identified by the PI as being of possible interest.

Shira Lowinger
lowinger@american.edu
202-885-3445

Person to Contact Regarding Awards

Melissa Alves serves as a point of contact for all non-financial post-award matters. Melissa reviews and negotiates award terms and conditions to ensure compliance and institutional acceptance, submits carry-forward and re-budgeting requests, obtains the signature of authorized institutional official, facilitates award start up meetings to advise of award special terms, conditions and/or restrictions, develops project budgets in accordance with sponsored award, produces project briefs for sponsored awards, reviews and processes  non-financial award modifications, supplements and amendments, drafts and issues sub-recipient and subcontractor agreements, facilitates close out of awards, submits non-financial award/project reports: technical, progress and final reports when institutional submission is required.


Melissa Alves
malves@american.edu

202.885.3980

Person to Contact Regarding Cayuse and Other Technical Operations

Joe Gesa is OSP's Systems Administrator. His duties include the support of Cayuse, the university's proposal submission software, as well as maintenance of all systems related to electronic research administration. These include proposal management systems like NSF's Fastlane, NIH's eRA Commons, and GrantSolutions.gov. As data custodian, Joe serves as the point of contact for inquiries into sponsored research activity both within the university and in response to prospective sponsors' application requirements.

Joe Gesa
gesa@american.edu
202-885-3977

Person to Contact Regarding Funding Opportunities, Training, and Office Operations

Akidah Felder is responsible for managing the department's operations and communications functions, which include developing processes and standards, marketing collateral design, content creation, executing training programs and events for faculty and various University departments. Ms. Felder also aides in the delivery and research of funding opportunity announcements to University research faculty and staff.

Akidah Felder
afelder@american.edu

202-885-3474