Grants & Contracts Administration (GCA)

Welcome to Grants & Contracts Administration at UNC Charlotte!

 As part of Research and Economic Development in the Division of Academic Affairs, the Office of Grants & Contracts Administration (GCA) reports directly to the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, in parallel with Proposal Development, Research Services & Outreach, Research Compliance, Technology Transfer, the University Vivarium, and the Small Business and Technology Development Center. 

The Office of Grants & Contracts Administration includes the following units:  

  • Award Management
  • Compliance & Control
  • Contracts
  • Cost Analysis
  • Grants Services

GCA provides transactional support to college-based post-award staff and is responsible for overall sponsored program financial reporting and compliance.  Award Management staff assist with tasks including award set-up and Banner budget entry, cost share, release time, and award close-out.  The Office of Cost Analysis deals with recharge units, effort reporting and fringe benefit and F&A proposals. 


Lou Harrell, Executive Director of Grants & Contracts Administration, 704-687-1890.

Valerie Crickard, Associate Director of Grants & Contracts Administration, 704-687-1862

Deborah Fraser, Manager of Compliance & Control, 704-687-1886.

Nikki Simmons, Senior Contracting Manager, 704-687-1885.

Chea Smith, Manager of Cost Analysis, 704-687-1875.