- Pre-Award Grants and Contracts Manager
Allison provides leadership, management and training for the SIRO Pre-Award team. She leads the Pre-Award team in supporting faculty submitting large multi-college/institutional proposals as well as proposals to secure smaller strategic awards. Allison assists the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) in the review, negotiation and processing of awards made to the University, and she ensures federal, state and other agency requirements are met on fully executed awards. She works directly with the sponsoring agency, faculty, and institute directors to resolve discrepancies or questions that may arise. She also provides oversight on award arrangement, distribution of funding and establishing/management of subawards, and award administration.
Allison has worked at Penn State for 13 years – eight of which she spent in the College of Engineering’s Office of Research Administration before joining the SIRO team. She has a broad and diverse background in research administration, both pre-award and post-award, working with various sponsors. Outside the office, Allison enjoys numerous outdoor recreational activities, such as mountain biking, trail running, camping and hiking.