Elyse Larsen

Fiscal Officer


Elyse Larsen serves as fiscal manager and oversees all aspects of grant budgeting, submission and reporting, including coordinating efforts with MSU. She supervises and leads the support staff in carrying out the operational services for MSG program. She also manages the MSG human resources. She works with the program director to lead the administration aspects of the program, including data management and major events.


  • Manage the business operations of a dynamic natural resources research and education program with operating fund expenditures of over $5 million;
  • Manage contracts and grants including negotiating research and technical support service contracts; monitoring and oversight of fiscal and programmatic performance to ensure that all cooperative agreement terms and conditions are met;
  • Develop detailed analyses and reports outlining fiscal activities together with forecast expenditure reports comparing budget categories versus budget line items, available funds optimization and adherence to approved budget parameters avoiding budget deficits;
  • Lead development of the MSG administrative database including proposal process evaluation and the migration of the MSG research database to a web-based application;
  • Coordinate and administer the preparation of timely and accurate progress reports, final reports, budgets, funding renewal requests and grant extension requests;
  • Provide staff with day-to-day direction in their job duties, provide constructive feedback, promote professional development, and prepare yearly performance evaluation and merit recommendations;
  • Establish and maintain an internal control system to assure integrity of financial activity creating a culture that understands the consequences of errors, omissions and fraud;
  • Interface with principal investigators and advise and track compliance guidelines and actions for applicable federal grant requirements;
  • Ensure a strong working relationship between MSG and NOAA and EPA by liaising and interfacing directly with program sponsors and providing updates.

Professional Experience & Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Management & Organization Development, Spring Arbor University
  • Associate in Science, Microcomputer Application, Jackson Community College
  • Research Administrators Instructional Network (RAIN), Div. of Res. Dev & Admin, University of Michigan
  • Protection of Human Research Subjects, Institutional Review Boards, University of Michigan
  • Foundations of Supervision, Human Resource Development, University of Michigan
  • Grants Online System, Grant Management Division, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
  • MPathways: Financial, Human Resources, & BusObjects, MAIS, University of Michigan

Professional Involvement

  • Member, National Sea Grant Fiscal Officers Network
  • Past Chair, National Sea Grant Fiscal Officers Network
  • Past Vice-Chair, National Sea Grant Fiscal Officers Network
  • Committee Member, Sea Grant Network Advisory Council
  • Member, Society of Research Administrators International (SRA)
  • Member, National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA)
  • Member, Michigan Chapter Society of Research Administrators (MISRA)
  • Member, BusObjects Users Group
  • Advisory Committee, UM Best Practices for Large Complex Projects

Phone: (734) 763-1438
Fax: (734) 647-0768

Michigan Sea Grant
520 E. Liberty St., Suite 310
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2210