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UF/IFAS Office of the Dean for Research

UF/IFAS Office of the Dean for Research


Who We Are

The IIST provides for support for faculty and staff including:

• Performing college-level review and approval for proposals and agreements, including zero-dollar MOUs and pre-proposals with international components.

• Fielding questions on issues related to international projects and activities.

• Assisting in the development of work plans and timelines for complex projects.

• Troubleshooting complex fiscal, travel and procurement transactions with relevant departments and core offices.

• Reviewing activities, such as collaborative activities and visitor exchanges, for compliance to UF, sponsor and federal regulations.

• Serving as the central hub for information and training to facilitate the efficient and successful submission, implementation, and completion of projects with international components.

• Providing necessary administrative, budget and compliance-related feedback on faculty concept notes, letters of intent/pre-proposals, internally funded activities and large multi-institutional programs.

IIST Members

IIST team member Benita Bannis

Benita Bannis is our IIST Manager (Assistant Director), and is responsible for coordinating the team’s functions, including its proposal, award, procurement and international compliance efforts and processes. Benita is the main point of contact with faculty, IFAS Administration and all UF offices. She ensures that faculty and staff receive the specialized support and training they need, and that our system for supporting international activities continue to grow.

IIST team member Devin Perry

Devin Perry is our Pre-award Administrator (Research Administrator III), and is responsible for assisting with faculty with proposal development, while also addressing issues related to the pre-award administration of international proposals. Devin is our liaison to the Division of Sponsored Programs and will also provide training to administrative and fiscal staff on topics pertaining to pre-award processes for international activities. 

IIST Team Member Ryan Chance

Ryan Chance is our Post-award Administrator (Research Administrator III), and is responsible for supporting IFAS faculty and staff in the post-award financial management process for international activities. Ryan is our liaison to Contracts and Grants and will assist in troubleshooting project-specific issues, as well as training faculty and staff on topics related to fiscal management of international projects, including travel planning and processing.

IIST team member Jessica Childers

Jessica Childers is our Procurement and Compliance Administrator (Research Administrator III), and is responsible for addressing personnel, purchasing and compliance issues specific to international activities and awards. Jessica is our liaison to the Division of Research Compliance & Global Support, and will also work with the IFAS Shared Service Center to provide training on compliance issues related to international activities on all relevant topics, from understanding immigration regulations to navigating the IRB process.