Awards Management

  • Establish accounts for awarded grants and contracts
  • Provide administrative support for all aspects of execution of awarded grants and contracts
  • Review, approve and reconcile all grants and contracts-related spending
  • Maintain accurate time and effort reports
  • Periodically generate monthly spending reports
  • Administer all F&A related accounts and spending
  • Administer the Faculty Incentive Program
  • Administer the University's matching account
  • Administer Tennessee's Public Records Act (T.C.A. 49-7-120) relative to sponsored research and services

Awards Management Staff

Our post-award staff provide dual control and administrative support to Principal Investigators/Project Directors to ensure timely and proper administration of externally-funded activity.  The Award Management Specialists’ roles include initiating the set-up of new awards in Banner for finance and human resources functions, reviewing for approval of all financial personnel transactions requested on each assigned award, and conducting periodic comprehensive desk review/audit of each award                

Mike Zierman, Award Management Specialist

Mike Zierman

Award Management Specialist
(615) 494-7600


  • Principal Investigators/Project Directors with Last Names A-F   

Joe Driver, Award Management SpecialistJoe Driver, MBA

Award Management Specialist
(615) 904-8306


  • Principal Investigators/Project Directors with Last Names G-O

Kym StricklinKym Stricklin

Award Management Specialist
(615) 494-7848


  • Principal Investigators/Project Directors with Last Names P-Z

Sharon E. Scott, ORSP Grants Support AnalystSharon E. Scott, MBA

Grants Support Analyst
(615) 494-8720
The duties of the Grants Support Analyst are to maintain and reconcile grant and match account budget expenditures; place orders and receive invoices; initiate cost transfers, salary redistributions, payment authorizations, travel claims and other types of forms as needed; maintain correspondence files and financial records; and serve as a resource to the Dean, PI’s and ORSP.