April Serfass
Post-Award Facilitator, CEHS
Office: University Hall, Suite 3142
Phone Number: (973) 655-3072
Fax Number: (973) 655-7638
Office Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 12:30-4:30pm; Wednesday 3:30-4:30pm

The CEHS Grants Coordinator can assist faculty in identifying potential sponsors for research and/or special projects. The Grants Coordinator also helps the Principal Investigator (PI) in the application process by interpreting guidelines, developing budgets, and completing the application requirements as well as assists in coordinating with ORSP or the Development Office in submitting proposals.

Types of support include:

  • Assisting in the identification of possible funding opportunities for a project or program.
  • Registering faculty with the SPIN database for funding announcement notifications.
  • Assisting in the interpretation of sponsor's guidelines.
  • Completing necessary forms, assurances, certifications, etc. necessary for submission.
  • Advising and assisting applicants in structuring, sequencing, and packaging a proposal.
  • Reviewing proposal for formatting, accuracy, and adherence to agency objectives.
  • Acting as the administrative liaison between the funding agency and the investigator.
  • Coordinating CEHS approvals and signatures for proposal submission.
  • Collaborating with ORSP and/or the Development office.
  • Providing educational resources through ongoing trainings, workshops and one-on-one meetings.

Useful Resources

The ORSP webpage includes pre-award and post-award procedures, budget templates, Institutional information, IRB protocols and applications, MSU internal awards and reports on past recipients.

Links to Grant Writing Guides

Search Engines for External Funding

InfoEd is a subscription service that features the SPIN search engine. SPIN searches federal, state, and private funding sources using keywords that match your research interests. If you do not have a SMARTS account through InfoEd, the Grants Coordinator can help you create a profile of your research interests on this website. Funding opportunities matching keywords in your profile will be delivered directly to your email account. is a comprehensive gateway for all federal grant-making agencies. You can search for upcoming (and past) opportunities through this portal.

External Funding Websites

US Department of Education
Main Page
Forecast of Funding Opportunities
NIH - National Institutes of Health
National Science Foundation

New Jersey State Funding

The State of New Jersey's Grants page summarizes the major state funding sources.
New Jersey Department of Education grants

Other agencies in New Jersey that provide funding opportunities are:

Commission on Higher Education
Department of Health and Senior Services
Department of Human Services