Office of Grant Development

The Schar School Office of Grant Development does the following:

  • Helps faculty to identify funding opportunities. The Director of Grants, Tonya E. Thornton, is available to talk at any time. In addition, the following link provides access to databases.
  • Introduces Schar School faculty to grant program officers.
  • Serves as a point of contact with other universities for multi-institutional proposals.
  • Arranges interdisciplinary planning meetings for large and complex proposals.
  • Assists in the preparation and submission of proposals (summarizes funder guidelines and reviews letters of inquiry and proposals).
  • Provides professional editorial assistance for proposals. If needed, please contact the Director of Grants, Tonya E. Thornton, so that she can process your request.
  • Provides budget guidance.
  • Provides boiler plate proposal language in the form of templates.
  • Offers a comprehensive list of Schar School faculty awards.
  • Provides best practices for proposal submissions.
  • Serves as a conduit for Schar School faculty members to the Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Impact, the Office of Sponsored Programs, and the George Mason University Foundation.
  • Provides clarification on Mason research policies.
  • Keeps a master list of faculty areas of expertise.

Visit the site,, for additional information.