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Robin Beach

Robin Beach

Director, SPA Pre-Award

217-265-7688

beach@illinois.edu

Robin leads the Sponsored Programs Administration functional teams of the lifecycle, responsible for proposal submission and review, agreement negotiation and execution, and the related electronic systems and communications.

Bryan Bachman

Bryan Bachman

Assistant Director, Data and Systems

217-265-0082

bbachma2@illinois.edu

Bryan supports electronic systems used in the administration of sponsored projects, including the myResearch Portal, myProposals, and a variety of sponsor-specific online portals. 

Steffany Ballas

Steffany Ballas

Senior Award Management Coordinator, NSF Awards

217-300-6230

sballas@illinois.edu

Steffany administers NSF awards, providing guidance regarding award terms and conditions and performing tasks related to award setup, modifications, invoicing, financial reporting, and closeout. 

Ben Bamberger

Proposal Coordinator

217-265-5154

bambrgr2@illinois.edu

Ben reviews and approves requests for external funding (i.e., proposals) on behalf of the Office for the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation. Search Ben's department assignments here.

Katie Bateman

Katie Bateman

Senior Proposal Coordinator

217-300-2562

kbatema2@illinois.edu

Katie reviews and approves requests for external funding (i.e., proposals) on behalf of the Office for the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation. Find Katie's department assignments here.

Carrie Blount

Carrie Blount

Assistant Director, Award Management, Federal Awards

217-244-1661

cblount@illinois.edu

Carrie oversees post-award administration for the Department of Defense, Department of Education, and Department of Interior projects. She also acts as a liaison between department personnel and sponsor administrators, provides financial reports, and manages award invoicing. 

Justin Blount

Justin Blount

Senior Award Negotiator

217-300-3726

jblount2@illinois.edu

Justin is responsible for the timely negotiation of various types of sponsored project agreements, ensuring reasonable terms and conditions that comply with university policies, federal and state regulations, and sponsor requirements. See Justin's department assignments here.

Traci Buras

Traci Buras

Senior Coordinator, Cash and Data Management

217-333-7479

tburas@illinois.edu

Traci provides cash management and data retrieval support for SPA.

Neda Burtman

Senior Proposal Coordinator

217-333-3705

nburtman@illinois.edu

Neda reviews and approves requests for external funding (i.e., proposals) on behalf of the Office for the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation. Find Neda's department assignments here.