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
  • Contracts
  • Cost Analysis

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 Contracts Unit negotiates and executes all contracts funded by sponsored funds. The Office of Cost Analysis deals with recharge units, effort reporting and fringe benefit and F&A proposals. 

Grants and Contracts Administration is committed to providing the UNC Charlotte research community with the services required to fulfill their research administration needs at an optimum level. Please feel free to contact Valerie Crickard (704-687-1862) if you should have any questions.


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

Nikki Simmons, Interim Associate Director/Senior Contracting Manager, 704-687-1885.