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Our Team

Alyssa Gonzalez

Grants Administrator/Project Manager

Jasmine Keaton

Grants Administrator/Project Manager

Andre Duhe, CPA

Post-Award Financial Analyst

Dr. Heidi Davis


Help Area
Grant applications

CRC staffing; effort budgeting

Confirming CRC availability

Biostat/epi support; effort budgeting
Dr. Jeff Burton, Biostatistics Supervisor
Please complete this form.

Informatics support; effort budgeting

Human subject research compliance
CITI Required Human Subject Training:

Building IRB protocols

Editing proposals

Finding grant opportunities

Help with industry sponsored trial (not investigator-initiated)

Non-research grant application (private sector)

Budget revisions

Contract processing

Frequently Asked Questions

If the application involves research, work with the research grants team.

Contact the research grants team to secure funding; work with your Research Manager/Director to develop the research project and ensure feasibility.

  • A PI has ultimate responsibility for a sponsored research project. For multi-PI projects, this responsibility is shared equally among a set of PIs. Defense agencies and NSF refer to each such leader as a co-PI, but NIH and other DHHS agencies do not recognize this term. The first PI listed on the application manages communication with the agency and is referred to as the “Contact PI” (not to be confused with Contract or Site PI).
  • A Contract PI (or Site PI) is the key person ultimately responsible for a subward. For a multi-PI application, the Contract PI may also be a PI for the overall project, but this not always the case.
  • The terms co-I and Collaborator are often used interchangeably for contributors playing an active role in the research. There are no cut and dry rules, but according to NIH, the role of co-I is often used for an investigator who shares the same areas of expertise as the PI and that of Collaborator for a researcher with complementary expertise. Co-Is are always key; Collaborators are usually key, depending on the use of the term.
  • At NIH and other HHS agencies, Other Significant Contributor means someone who contributes to scientific development but does not commit a specific amount of time to a project. For these non-key persons, effort is indicated as “zero person months" or "as needed."

A Collaborator is a salaried employee of an institution participating in a sponsored project and usually a key person. Consultants provide advice or services and may participate significantly in the research, but are not salaried. They are usually compensated by the hour or day. Consultants are key only if they contribute substantively and measurably to the scientific development or execution of the project.

Although often used interchangeably, cost sharing refers to the general situation in which a grantee or third party bears some project costs, and the more specific term cost matching refers sponsor-mandated cost sharing. In-kind means a cost share comprised of other than cash or contributed by a third-party. Cost sharing increases audit risk, and in-kind cost shares can be especially challenging to quantify. Generally, Ochsner should not commit to cost share a project unless required by the sponsor—and no such commitment should be made without institutional approval secured through the grants team.

Letters of Intent and pre-applications should be submitted through the grants team. In terms of other documents, if they contain financial information—including the total amount being requested or a list of current and pending awards—they must be submitted through the grants team as well. When in doubt, ask!