OSP | Contacts and Functions


  • Office of Sponsored Programs
    Wisconsin (4200) Suite 300

    Nichols, Michael L
    Director of Office of Sponsored Programs

Mailing Address

Person to be Contacted 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, coordinates signatures for pre-approval of budgets over $250k, 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

Person to be Contacted 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


Person to be Contacted 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

Person to be Contacted Regarding Electronic Funding Search Systems

Vacant (forthcoming)