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 preaward 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:

photo of Sheree Wright 
Sheree Wright 

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

Assistant Director for Pre-Award Services
 706-721-6482 
  akrukowski@augusta.edu 

Facilitation for:

  • Academic Affairs (includes AHEC)
  • Cellular Biology & Anatomy
  • Center for Biotech & Genomic Medicine
  • Clinical Pharmacy
  • Family Medicine
  • College of Graduate Studies
  • General Institution
  • Information Technology
  • Office of the Provost (Academic Affairs and Continuing Education)
  • Pathology
  • Radiology
  • Vascular Biology
  • VP for Administration (Auxiliary Services)
  • Dr. Theodore Johnson
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Cindy Mangrum, PA

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

Facilitation for:

  • Administration/University Advancement
  • Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
  • Clinical Translational Services
  • College of Dental Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Georgia Prevention Institute (GPI)
  • Immunotherapy
  • Institute for Preventive & Public Health (IPPH)
  • Medicine (Hematology/ Oncology/Kutlar)
  • NCORP
  • OB/GYN
  • Pediatrics
  • Radiation Oncology
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 Geno Clark

Grants & Contracts Officer 
 706-721-2837 
  geclark@augusta.edu

Facilitation for:

  • AU-UGA Partnership
  • BBDI Memory & Cognition
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Biostatistics and Epidemiology
  • College of Allied Health Sciences
  • Medical College of Georgia (Administration)
  • Medicine (Dept. of) - Exclude Hematology/Oncology/Kutlar
  • Neurology
  • Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine
  • Neurosurgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Psychiatry & Health Behavior
  • Research (Office of Senior Vice President for Research)
  • Surgery
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DeShanda Edwards

Grants & Contracts Officer 
706-721-7074
desedwards@augusta.edu 

Facilitation for:

  • Cancer Research Center (Excludes NCORP)
  • College of Nursing
  • Physiology
  • Summerville
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Margo Townsend 

Grants & Contracts Specialist
706-721-2900 
mtownsend@augusta.edu
  • Supports Grants & Contracts Officers in facilitation of units as assigned
  • Submission/award database entry and maintenance
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Yolanda Willingham

Grants & Contracts Specialist 
706-721-6484
yprimus@augusta.edu 
  • Supports Grants & Contracts Officers in facilitation of units as assigned
  • Submission/award database entry and maintenance
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Lynn Norvell, BBA

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

Responsible for receipting sponsored grant and contract payments.

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Charles Brautigam 

Office Coordinator
706-721-6481
cbrautigam@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