Faculty Research Support Services

IRWG provides individualized support for U-M faculty who are applying for extramural research funding. 

Research Development

Rebecca Shea Irvine joined the IRWG team as the Program Director for Faculty Research Development in June 2021. In this role, she advocates for gender and sexuality research by working with faculty to find funding sources and develop proposals. 

Prior to joining IRWG, Rebecca served as the Interim Associate Director for the Center for Gender in Global Context at Michigan State University (MSU). She holds a B.A., International Relations from James Madison College at MSU, and an M.A., Comparative Ethnic Conflict and Ph.D., Sociology and Social Policy from Queen's University Belfast. Rebecca has also served as a consultant for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Northern Irish government departments and agencies, Inclusion International and its subsidiary organizations, and various other international NGOs on issues related to social justice and inclusion.

Sign up to receive emails from Rebecca about funding opportunities for gender research: http://eepurl.com/EXLwb (select “Research & Funding Support”).

Schedule a meeting with Rebecca: https://calendly.com/rsirvine

Contract and Grant Administration

Angie Skellie, Research Administrator Senior in the Office of the Vice President for Research, is currently providing grant administration services for IRWG, including the pre- and post-award administration of federal and nonfederal research proposals and awarded projects.

  • Pre-award assistance includes:
    • reviewing proposal announcement guidelines and restrictions;
    • provides an submission timeline for important application deadlines;
    • budget development;
    • completion of required sponsor/agency forms;

Post-award assistance includes:

  • work with the UM Office of Research and Sponsored Projects to understand the terms and conditions of the project award;
  • initiate any subcontract required on project;
  • provide monthly financial summary reports and projections;
  • make sure annual sponsor progress reports are submitted in a timely manner;
  • handle expenditure compliance issues (annual uniform guidance reports);
  • complete appropriate budget reallocations;
  • submit requests for no-cost time extension
  • coordinate salary effort for project personnel;
  • manage close-out/inactivation process for award


The Office of the Vice President for Research provides resources for all active researchers, including those engaged in human research, and research administrators across the three U-M campuses. Here are a few of note: