LAS External Research Support (LASERS) Team

The LASERS team is an LAS unit that provides a broad range of services, resources and training to LAS faculty and department grant coordinators. LASERS support is available to all LAS faculty at any stage of their career, assisting with all proposals to any/all external funders.

You have multiple levels of support available to you. Departmental staff, the LASERS team, and the Grants HUB all offer assistance. Your first contact should be your department’s grand coordinator.

If the scope, timeline, or other elements of the proposal exceed the capacity of department grant coordinators, the LASERS team is your next level of support.

The Office of the Vice President for Research also provides support, with services similar to the LASERS team and many online resources, including a Toolbox for Researchers and workshops and training.

Departments

Sandra Norvell
  • English
  • Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
  • History
  • Music and Theatre
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Political Science
  • World Languages and Cultures
Diane Smith
  • BBMB
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • EEOB
  • GDCB
  • GE AT
  • Math
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
Samone York
  • CCAT (Center for Catalysis)
  • Economics
  • Sociology

LASERS Services

LASER team members support faculty in all aspects of pre-award research related services. The services offered include full and partial support for the following research development activities:

Explore Sponsored Research Opportunities— Discover federal, industry and foundation funding opportunities; match faculty to open solicitation and offer training for opportunity searching.

Concept Development— Meet with faculty directly to gain insight into research strengths, engage faculty in creating diverse and compelling proposals, refine the proposal concept, develop process timeline, and increase effectiveness with sponsors.

Comprehensive Pre-Award Support— Including:

  • review of proposal to match the solicitation guidelines
  • statement of work
  • task definition
  • compliance criteria
  • required subcontractor information
  • specific application package documentation
  • ISU internal approvals
  • CVs
  • current & pending support
  • data management
  • postdoc mentoring plans
  • broader impact statements
  • solicitation specific documentation and information

Working with LASERS

Faculty are encouraged to contact the LASERS team at any point in the research process; from funding searches to proposal development and submission. We are best able to provide thorough assistance when contacted as early as possible in the submission process.