Grants & Contracts Administration (GCA)

Welcome to Grants & Contracts Administration at UNC Charlotte!

 As part of Research and Economic Development in the Division of Academic Affairs, the Office of Grants & Contracts Administration (GCA) reports directly to the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, in parallel with Center for Research Excellence, Research Services & Outreach, Research Compliance, Office of Research Commercialization and Development, the University Vivarium, and the Small Business and Technology Development Center. 

The Office of Grants & Contracts Administration includes the following units:  

  • Post Award Management
  • Contracts
  • Cost Analysis & Cash Management

GCA provides directional day-to-day support to college-based post-award staff and is responsible for overall sponsored program financial reporting and compliance.  Award Management staff assists with tasks including award set-up and Banner budget entry, cost-share, release time, and award close-out.  The Contracts Unit negotiates and executes all contracts funded by sponsored funds. The Office of Cost Analysis deals with recharge units, effort reporting, and fringe benefit and F&A proposals. 

Grants and Contracts Administration is committed to providing the UNC Charlotte research community with the services required to fulfill their research administration needs at an optimum level. Please feel free to contact Valerie Crickard (704-687-1862) if you should have any questions.

Here are some additional information links on research:

UNC Systems Office of Grant Management: "Contracts and Grants Standards"

National Science Foundation NSF link for "Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide"

Federal Agencies guidance on Prior approval matrix "Appendix A Prior Approval Matrix"


Valerie Crickard
Executive Director of Grants & Contracts Administration

Darlene "Darl" Booker
Associate Director of Grants and Contracts Administration

Assistant Director of Contract Negotiations

Laura Moody
Assistant Director of Cost Analysis & Cash Management