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Research, Funded Projects, and Scholarly Activities


 Office of Research, Funded Projects, and Scholarly Activity is a service unit within the College of Education (COE). Its mission is to support and further the scholarship of the college's programs, faculty, and students; and provide grant administration and compliance assurance for project implementation.


Under the direction of the Associate Dean, the Office of Research, Funded Projects, and Scholarly Activity, encourages faculty and students to engage in individual, collaborative, and interdisciplinary inquiry, particularly to ensure continued improvement of COE's programs. The Office provides assistance to faculty and students in a variety of areas, including:

  • developing research ideas and efforts
  • connecting with other scholars
  • accessing needed resources
  • identifying funding sources
  • submitting funding applications
  • administering grant awards
  • monitoring project implementation to ensure compliance
  • linking with ECU's Offices of Sponsored Programs and Research and Grants

Dr. Alana Zambone

Dr. Alana Zambone

Interim Associate Dean
Research, Funded Projects, and Scholarly Activity
Phone: 252-328-5746

Rick Yakubowski

Richard (Rick) Yakubowski

Research and Grants Center
Phone: 252-328-4246

Jennifer Eissing

Jennifer Eissing

Grants Specialist
Phone: 252-328-5558

Amanda Lovett

Amanda Lovett

Grants Specialist
Phone: 252-328-4247

Helen Lovett

Helen Lovett

Administrative Support Associate to Dr. Zambone
Phone: 252-328-1097

 The Office of Research and Grants serves as 1) support for grant procurement and administration; 2) compliance monitoring; and 3) liaison with the Office of Sponsored Programs and the Office of Grants and Contracts. The many responsibilities linked to grant development and administration (i.e. securing approval in RAMSES before grant submission, processing EPAFs to hire grant personnel and effort reporting, processing purchases and travel, and reconciling expenditures) are time sensitive and often involve multiple offices and groups on campus. Consequently, there are College of Education, Division of Academic Affairs, Research and Grants, and UNC-GA policies and procedures that must be followed to assure timeliness of submission and expenditures and compliance with University, General Administration, State and Federal requirements.

  1. Roles/Responsibilities of the Department Chair Relative to Funded Projects and Grants
  2. Roles/Responsibilities in Grant Procurement and Management 
  3. Office of Grants and Contracts Policies and Procedures
  4. COE -- EPAF Process, Deadlines and Timeliness
  5. Summer Salary
  6. Cost Sharing on Proposals
  7. Effort Certification Timelines 
  8. Guidelines for Financial Reporting
  9. Guidelines for Utilizing Students as Research Subjects and Assistants or Grant Staff
  10. Guidelines for Utilizing Individuals External to ECU as Consultants on Grants
  11. Conflict of Interest
  12. Contract and Grant Terms
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SPIN Workshop

Find funding for your research with the world’s largest web-based database of sponsored program opportunities. In this hands-on workshop, conducted by Dr. Joseph Thomas, you will establish an account and learn to use SPIN to search for grant funding opportunities.  The SPIN database will also send alerts to users when funding that fits your research interests […]

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College of Education Graduate Recognition Ceremony – December 19, 2015

The College of Education Graduate Recognition Ceremony is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 19, 2015 in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. The faculty and staff of the College of Education are pleased to present a special Graduate Recognition Ceremony (GRC) for our graduates. The ceremony will feature individual recognition of College of Education […]

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Dr. Anne Ticknor (Assistant Professor in Reading Education) and Dr. Katie Schwartz (Associate Professor in Mathematics Education) led a mathematics-specific induction program, LAUNCH into Mathematics Teaching, for 20 beginning elementary teachers in eastern North Carolina. The induction program included over 60 hours of mathematics professional development and specialized mentoring across two years. The Z Smith […]

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