About Our Office

Our Mission

To help faculty and staff obtain external funding from a variety of sources including agencies of the federal government, UW System, foundations, corporations, and others. Funding can support instructional support or improvement, curricular reform, research, faculty development, etc. Individuals, groups of individuals, departments, colleges, the university as a whole, or consortia of universities can seek funding. The Office of Grants and Research will assist any of these entities in obtaining funding from any of these sources.

The Grants and Research office is tasked with facilitating the approval all grant applications before they are submitted. This organizational structure allows us to communicate the needs of the researcher (release time, matching funds, office or lab space, etc.) to department chairs and college deans while ensuring compliance with university and federal policy.

Services Provided

  • Search for funding sources.
  • Consult with funding sources, external collaborators, and administrators.
  • Assist faculty and staff write proposals.
  • Develop budgets for grant proposals.
  • Approve and submit grant proposals to outside sources.
  • Provide assistance with completing IRB protocols.
  • Provide assistance with completing IACUC protocols.

"Grants can be wonderful. They can liberate you from the drudgery of your ordinary life and allow you to carry out new, exciting, productive activities which will revitalize you professionally and personally." - Former Director Bill Campbell

If you have an idea for a grant, or a source you wish to pursue, please call us; we would be delighted to assist you.

Director of Grants and Research

Dr. Diane Bennett

Dr. Bennett became the director of grants and research for the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in June 2016. She is responsible for the oversight of all faculty and staff research and program grant submissions. She collaborates and supports the university-wide research environment, including supporting evolution of new research, maintaining a competitive research infrastructure, developing and managing campus-wide research policies, and overseeing  administrative management of all sponsored research activity.

After earning a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Dr. Bennett spent 14 years raising a family in various locations in Germany, Turkey, and the U.S. While overseas, Dr. Bennett earned her credentials as a USPTO registered patent agent and had her first teaching assignment as a chemistry and physics teacher in an international missionary school in Istanbul.

Dr. Bennett started working as an adjunct instructor in the physics department at UW-River Falls in 2008. She also served as the Broadfield Science program director and the associate director for STEMteach

You can find Diane out and about on campus or in 101 North Hall. 

Diane Bennett, Ph.D. 101 North Hall  410 S. 3rd Street  River Falls, WI 54022-5001  Phone: 715-425-3195

Contact Us

Diane Bennett, Ph.D.
Director of Grants and Research
Phone: 715-425-3195
101 North Hall