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Michael Hastings, CRA
Director of Research & Sponsored Programs
Room 420 Corbett Hall
(207) 581-1484
Serves as the University’s Authorized Institutional Representative with the authority to submit applications or proposals, negotiate, execute, and otherwise obligate the University on the resulting grants, cooperative agreements, or contracts for sponsored projects.

Pre-Award Services

Andrew Ines, CRA
Manager/Grant and Contract Administrator III
Room 424 Corbett Hall
(207) 581-1473
Dawn Hoelz, CRA
Grant and Contract Administrator II
Room 426 Corbett Hall
(207) 581-3016
Megan Tardif, CRA
Grant and Contract Administrator II
Room 422 Corbett Hall
(207) 581-1478
Pre-Award Staff provide guidance for preparing project budgets, and interpreting and applying sponsor guidelines.  They review budgets, budget justifications, and proposals for completeness and compliance with sponsor requirements and University of Maine policies, and submit proposal packages electronically to sponsors.
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Post Award & Fiscal Services

Arlene Russell, MEd., CAS
Associate Director for Post-Award and Fiscal Services
Room 401 Corbett Hall
(207) 581-1472
Oversees post-award administration, and is an Institutional Administrative Official authorized to submit grant applications, proposals and contracts, and to obligate the University on the resulting award documents. Oversees contract/subcontract negotiation, modification of existing awards, and transfer of awards to/from other institutions. Serves as the university contact for A-133 audits as well as all federal and state audits of sponsored projects.
Frank Belanger
Grant Accountant II
Room 408 Corbett Hall
(207) 581-1582

Manages campus-billed projects. Performs sponsor invoicing and financial reporting, and the reconciling, revising and closing out of projects.  Handles Schedule of Collections.

Eben Bradley
Grant Accountant I
Room 404 Corbett Hall
(207) 581-1483

Creates new projects, enters project budgets into the general ledger, completes project allocation forms, reviews & processes subrecipient invoices and manages the ORSP Education & General budgets.

Cindy Carusi
Administrative Assistant II
Room 402 Corbett Hall
(207) 581-1476
Processes funded proposals/award amendments, OPAS, and no-cost time extension requests. Monitors status of pending awards and amendments, and initiates Notices of Award for newly-funded projects.
Debbie Carver, CRA
Grant and Contract Administrator IV
Room 415 Corbett Hall
(207) 581-1477
Performs contract/subcontract negotiation, modification of existing awards, and advising of faculty and staff on grant transfers and budget carry-overs.
Robert Lavigne
Grant Accountant IV
Room 400 Corbett Hall
(207) 581-1482
Manages accounting for Letter-of-Credit (LOC) projects. Prepares Federal Financial Reports (SF425s), assists faculty with current award balances and carry-forward amounts. Reviews and prepares adjustments as needed, processes award close-outs. Manages the funding of cost-sharing commitments. Assists with A-133 audits.


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Analysis, Compliance, and Training Services

Wendy Eckert, MS, CRA
Senior Officer for Research Administration & Strategic Analysis
Room 406 Corbett Hall
(207) 581-2657
Oversees compliance with, and serves as University Compliance Officer for Federal Export Control Regulations and I-129 Attestations.  Administers ORSP training programs and ORSP website. Cultivates  foundation funding.
Amanda Ashe, CRA
Staff Associate III
Room 414 Corbett Hall
(207) 581-1480
Assists in development of ORSP training programs and website.  Manages University Limited Competitions Registry. Performs cost and labor distribution adjustments.
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Information Technology Services and Reporting

Cliff Wilbur
Assistant Director, Information Management
Room 410 Corbett Hall
(207) 581-1419
Oversees ORSP’s information management needs, including data systems design and management & network management. Provides PARS technical support and generates ad-hoc reports of extramural activity.  Serves as University contact for the Federal CCR and ORCA.
Robin Crocker
Information Systems Coordinator II
Room 416 Corbett Hall
(207) 581-1471
Performs PARS and sponsor website registration and support, assists with data systems design and management & network management,  processes labor and cost adjustment requests and Time and Effort reports, and generates monthly extramural activity reports.
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Contact Information

Office of Research & Sponsored Programs
5717 Corbett Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5717
Phone: 207-581-1484 | Fax: 207-581-1446
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System