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CNS Research & facilities


The Office of the Associate Dean for Research and Facilities functions as the clearinghouse for all matters relating to research activities and facilities projects in the college.  Dean Appling and his group manage all space in the college and oversee and approve all college-related renovations and building projects, including faculty recruitment space needs, teaching and research labs, and shared facilities. On the research side, the office manages the indirect cost budget (see below), provides matching funds for multi-investigator grants, oversees college core facilities, and runs the CNS Catalyst Grant competition.

The Strategic Research Initiatives arm of the office (directed by Dan Bost) provides grant proposal development support to faculty college-wide. We work with teams of faculty to identify and develop multi-investigator center grant and institutional training grant proposals. We also offer one-on-one consultations for individual investigator grant proposals. Finally, we coordinate the nomination process for limited submission research awards throughout the year.

CNS Indirect Cost Policy

The College of Natural Sciences receives from the University 25% of all indirect costs (IDC) generated from the research grants that were awarded to CNS PIs in the previous calendar year. Each September, the college returns on average 50% of its share back to the departments, centers, and ORUs that generated the IDC. Indirect costs are used to offset overhead expenses associated with the sponsored research conducted in academic departments and University Research Units.

Additional information on CNS IDC policy and use of IDC can be found here.

Please note: CNS policy does not allow indirect costs to be returned to individual PIs or faculty for their own use.

 Research & Facilities Staff


Dean Appling
Associate Dean, Professor

Regulation And Organization Of Metabolic Pathways
Benson, Dwaine
Dwaine A Benson
Project Specialist

Bost, Fredrick
Dan Bost
Director of Strategic Research Initiatives

Cunningham IV, Walter B.
Walter B Cunningham
Facilities Maintenance Manager

Curtis, Brittany
Brittany Curtis
Project Specialist, Employee of Contractor of Club Core

Daniel Heath
Daniel Heath
Director III for Facilities and Project Development

Estes, John S.
John S Estes
Project Specialist

Harasimowitz, Ann
Ann Harasimowitz
Director III for Facilities and Safety

Hawkins, Anise
Anise R Hawkins
Research Program Coordinator

Henry, Lakesha
Lakesha S Henry
Grants and Contracts Specialist

Konieczny, Cory
Cory Konieczny
Project Specialist

Moore, Steven
Steven E Moore
Assistant Director for Facilities and Safety

Smitherman, James
James D Smitherman III
Project Specialist

Yujuico, Elena
Maria Elena F Yujuico
Senior Administrative Associate