The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is established and specifically charged with the responsibility of assisting all facets of the University with the process of research. It can provide support services to all faculty and staff in the preparation of proposals to outside agencies from the conceptual stage through the post-award reporting process.
The Office reports directly to the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and Public Services and works indirectly with the Office of the President and the Vice President for Financial Affairs and Management Information Systems on all matters relating to research at the University. All proposals involving sponsored research and research-related educational activities are reviewed and approved by this office prior to final approval by the President (or designee).
Information concerning applications for research support from federal and state agencies, corporate organizations, foundations, and institutes is available through the OSP. Also, the OSP coordinates all patent and copyright activities through approved technology transfer agents. The Office of Sponsored Programs has the ultimate responsibility of advising the President and the Senior Administrative Staff on institutional research policies and activities and making recommendations on current and future priorities in research.