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RGC Mission Statement

The Office of Research, Grants and Contracts (RGC) is committed to supporting research and scholarly activities throughout the university by providing internal support for external funding opportunities, while also maintaining compliance with federal, state and institutional requirements.






RGC News and Updates




Academic Partnerships Faculty Research Grant Announcement

  • Academic Partnerships (AP) has announced that their 2020 Faculty Research Grant Program is now accepting applications.  
  • KEY DATE: Proposals are due by September 14, 2020.

KBRIN IDeA and CURE Application Announcement

  • KBRIN will be accepting applications for Individual Development (IDeA) and Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) awards this fall. Please read the general announcement and updated guidelines when applying. 
  • KEY DATES: Monday, November 2, 2020 (Letter of Intent) and Friday, December 18, 2020 (Application).

XLerator Network

  • XLerator Network is the SBC recipient of NIGMS grant funding with UK as the Lead Acadmic Partner.  This brochure provides more information and hub resources.

COVID-19 Funding Opportunities *Updates coming soon!*

  • Updated funding opportunities related to COVID-19 are coming soon. 

NIH Data Sharing Rules

  • All grantees holding any NIH-funded grant now have to submit a detailed plan for sharing data.  Additional information can be found in this online journal article

NSF Sexual Harassment Policies

  • NSF has released a new policy which provides requirements for reporting harassment.  For more informaiton, please visit this RGC Research Compliance website

Free Kentucky Academy of Science Annual Membership

  • NKU is a Kentucky Academy of Science (KAS) enhanced affiliate.  Any NKU faculty, staff, or student may join KAS for free.  Become a member to utilize all that KAS has to offer! Please use your NKU email address for registration.



New Conflict of Interest Disclosure System

  • The Office of Research, Grants and Contracts is upgrading to a new grant required financial conflict of interest/foreign influence disclosure system. The new system, Mentor COI, will help to streamline disclosures and make it easier for Investigators to complete ad hoc and annual disclosures for each grant. Instructions can be found in the Mentor COI system and, for new disclosures, will be sent to you by NKU Grant Administrators to ensure a seamless transition.

NSF releases 2020 PAPPG (New!)

  • NSF has released a new 2020 PAPPG, effective on June 1, 2020.  If you would like to explore more, please visit the full PDF version of the NSF 2020 Proposal & Award Policies and Procedures Guide.

NKU Facilities & Other Resources

  • We have updated our Facilities & Other Resources template for use when applying to specific funding agencies. 

Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI)

  • RGC Financial Conflict of Interest webpage has been updated.  Please review the FCOI webpage for background information, additional resources, and a link to the Financial Conflict of Interest Disclosure (FCID) form. 

DMPTool (New!)

  • Explore the free, easy-to-use, DMPTool for creating your Data Management Plan. For detailed information about this tool, please visit the RGC Data Management webpage.


  • Updated instructions for accessing SPIN (a funding search tool) and setting up SMARTS notifications is now available.  Please contact us if you would like assistance in setting up an account or updating your keywords!

Our People

Mary Ucci, sitting at a desk.

Mary Ucci 
Phone: 859-572-5768

Anita Southwick, sitting at a desk.

Anita Southwick
Manager of Research Compliance
Phone: 859-572-5168

Julie Moses, sitting at a desk.

Julie Moses
Manager of Research Development
Phone: 859-572-6017

Heath Justice, standing near a desk.

Heath Justice
Senior Grant Administrator
Phone: 859-572-6515

Renee Brossart, standing outside.

Renee Brossart
Senior Grant Administrator
Phone: 859-572-7532

Erica Taylor standing in front of a lake.

Erica Taylor
Phone: 859-572-5136