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.

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

Molly became director of grants and research for the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in August, 2010. 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.

Molly earned her masters degree in business management from the University of Saint Mary's and is working onh her doctorate in Public Administration at Hamline University. She is also a University of Wisconsin-Stout alumna, earning her B.A. in business management. She spent several years in business and industry focusing on management prior to joining UWRF and higher education.

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

Molly Van Wagner, M.A.
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