Pre-Award Specialist


Pre-Award Specialist


The College of Sciences Research Office (COS Research Office) is an administrative unit of the College of Sciences. The primary purposes of the COS Research Office is to provide services to the College of Sciences by:

  • Assisting in grant and contract applications, processing and negotiations
  • Administration of post award accounting and grant oversight
  • Promotion, development and facilitation of research of the faculty in COS
  • Grant and contract applications, processing and negotiations: This includes thorough review and approval of all grants and contracts originating in COS, in whole or in part, prior to submission to the sponsors.

NC State and the COS Research Office invite applications for the position of Pre-Award Specialist.  The Pre-Award Specialist will provide pre-award support for the College of Sciences researchers. The Research Office must approve every proposal processed by the College of Sciences (COS) prior to submission. The person in this position has to assist faculty and support staff in the development of proposals-including budgets and justifications, and has to work with faculty and support staff to ensure all pre-award requirements have been met while adhering to all Federal, State, University and Sponsored Agency guidelines prior to proposal submission. Another key responsibility is serving as the liaison between COS and the University Office of Sponsored Programs and Regulatory Compliance (SPARCS) and interacts with all other university offices that relate to research. This position works closely with SPARCS, Contracts & Grants (C&G), Office of Technology Commercialization and New Ventures (OTCNV), Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development (ORIED), and the Sponsoring agencies during the pre-award and negotiation phases of the proposal process. This position also works closely with the COS College Research Office (CRO) post- award staff in transferring award information from pre-award to post-award. The selected candidate will be expected to foster an environment that is supportive and welcoming of all groups.

Applications must be submitted online at or search for position number 00104314.


Founded in 1887, NC State is a land-grant institution distinguished by its exceptional quality of research, teaching, extension, and public service.  Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, NC State is the largest university in North Carolina, with more than 34,000 students and 8,000 faculty and staff. National rankings consistently rate Raleigh and its surrounding region among the five best places in the country to live and work, with a highly educated workforce, moderate weather, reasonable cost of living, and a welcoming environment. A collaborative, supportive environment for business and innovation and research collaborations with area universities and the Research Triangle Park are compelling reasons for relocation to the area.


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability. In addition, NC State University welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation or genetic information. If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call (919) 515-3148. We welcome the opportunity to work with candidates to identify suitable employment opportunities for spouses or partners.

Contact Information

NC State University



2700 Stinson Drive, 312 C Cox Hall
Campus Box 8209


Background Information

4-Year Degree

1 year or more

  • Non-Profit
  • College/University
  • Sponsored Projects/Programs
  • Research Administrator/Manager
  • Finance, Operations
  • Business Manager
  • Administrator or Administrative

Authorized to work in the US


Target Job Information


  • Full Time