PreAward Staff


Responsible for:

  • Assisting with the identification of funding opportunities
  • Reviewing program guidelines prior to the submission of applications
  • Providing assistance in proposal development related to sponsor, institutional, and compliance requirements
  • Serving as the liaison with Legal Office in contract review process
  • Reviewing proposals and providing institutional sign-off
  • Receiving notice of award from sponsors and ensuring that the terms are acceptable
  • Requesting that account be established
  • Receiving payments from sponsors and ensuring that they are matched to the appropriate accounts
  • Reviewing extension requests and other changes and amendments
  • Reviewing requests for establishment of Residual Accounts
  • Providing training to faculty and departmental administrative research staff on pre-award matters
  • Having oversight for fiscal and administrative compliance issues; liaison with sponsors on behalf of the institution and the investigator relative to matters that require sponsor prior approval.

What address should grant and contract checks be mailed to?

Augusta University Research Institute, Inc.
P.O. Box 945552
Atlanta, GA 30394-5552

The pre-award staff members and their assignment areas are shown below:

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Sheree Wright 


Director of Pre-Award Services
706-721-6480 
swright@augusta.edu

Facilitation for:

  • Center for Biotech & Genomic Medicine
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DeShanda Edwards


Assistant Director for Pre-Award Services
706-721-7074
desedwards@augusta.edu  

Facilitation for:

  • Cancer Research Center (Industry & Non-Industry)
  • Immunotherapy
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Otolaryngology
  • Psychiatry & Health Behavior
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Summerville
  • Vascular Biology
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Cindy Mangrum, PA


Grants & Contracts Officer 
 706-721-8238 
 cmangrum@augusta.edu 

Facilitation for:

  • Administration/University Advancement
  • Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
  • Biostatistics & Epidemiology
  • Clinical Translational Services
  • College of Dental Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Georgia Prevention Institute (GPI)
  • Institute for Preventive & Public Health (IPPH)
  • Medicine (Hematology/ Oncology/Kutlar) and all other Non-Industry Medicine
  • OB/GYN
  • Pediatrics
  • Research (Office of SVP Research)
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Virginia (Ginny) Durham


Grants and Contracts Officer
706-721-2837
vidurham@augusta.edu 

Facilitation for:

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • BBDI Memory & Cognition
  • Clinical Pharmacy
  • Family Medicine
  • MCG Administration
  • Medicine - Industry excluding Kutlar
  • Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Physiology
  • Radiology
  • Surgery
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Jessica Raborn


Grants and Contracts Officer
706-721-3506
jraborn@augusta.edu

Facilitation for:

  • Academic Affairs (includes AHEC)
  • AU-UGA Partnership
  • Cellular Biology & Anatomy
  • College of Allied Health Sciences
  • College of Graduate Studies
  • College of Nursing
  • General Institution
  • Information Technology
  • Office of the Provost (Academic Affairs and Continuing Education)
  • VP for Administration (Auxiliary Services)
Vacant 


Grants & Contracts Specialist
706-721-2900 
  • Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
  • Academic Affairs (includes AHEC)
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Cancer Research Center
  • Clinical Pharmacy
  • Clinical Translational Services
  • College of Dental Medicine
  • College of Graduate Studies
  • Georgia Prevention Institute (GPI)
  • Information Technology
  • Institute for Preventive & Public Health (IPPH)
  • OB/GYN
  • Office of the Provost (Academic Affairs and Continuing Education)
  • Ophthalmology
  • Pediatrics
  • Physiology
  • Radiology
  • Radiation Oncology
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Yolanda Willingham


Grants & Contracts Specialist 
706-721-6484
yprimus@augusta.edu 
  • Administration/University Advancement
  • BBDI Memory & Cognition Program
  • Biostatistics and Epidemiology
  • Cellular Biology & Anatomy
  • Center for Biotech and Genomic Medicine
  • College of Allied Health Sciences
  • College of Nursing
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • General Institution
  • GRU-UGA Partnership
  • Immunotherapy
  • Medical College of Georgia (Administration)
  • Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Neuroscience & Regenerative Med
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Psychiatry & Health Behaviors
  • Research (Office of Senior Vice President for Research)
  • Surgery
  • Summerville
  • Vascular Biology
  • VP for Administration (Auxiliary Services)
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Lynn Norvell, BBA


Accounting Assistant 3
706-721-8289
lnorvell@augusta.edu

 

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Karen Gordon


Office Coordinator
706-721-6481
kargordon@augusta.edu
  • DSPA Administrative support
  • Staff support for AURI Executive Committee and Board of Directors
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Barbara Watkins


Office Assistant
706-721-1942
bawatkins@augusta.edu
  • Administrative Secretary