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The Steward Observatory Research Administration Team is responsible for many aspects of the grant life cycle from proposal approval to award managment and close out. We now are working in partnership with Sponsored Project Services (SPS) to improve our ability to submit amazing and successful proposals.

Please contact us at

Jennifer Pierson, Manager, Grants and Contracts

Sara Gordon, Research Administrator, Postaward

Jennifer Stones,  Research Administrator


SPS Embeds:

Sean Armstrong

Karina Gil-Azamar


SO Research Group Program/Project Admins:

Rosie Johnson, Theoretical Asrophysics Program (TAP), Black Hole PIRE, Tim Eifler, Elisabeth Krause

Kim Chapman, Center for Astonomical Adaptive Optics (CAAO)



Please click on the following link to request your proposal assistance as early as possible: College of Science Proposal Assistance Request ( Please also see information on Steward's Research page located here: Proposals (


Please communicate with us regarding your accounts and any no cost extensions. We regularly review accounts, provide summaries and projections, take care of transfers and position funding, as well as many other post award tasks. We maintain daily contact with UA Sponsored Projects and will alert you of any outstanding reports or deficits.

What are Effort Certs? Error Certifications (electronic after-the-fact activity reports) are a summary of pay on federally sponsored accounts. At UA, this is done every 6 months (Jan-June and July-Dec). Fiscal Officers and PI's have 30 days to review and approve.


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