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Office of Sponsored Programs Update

Office of the ProvostFeb 8, 2016

Funding Opportunities
The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) has published its latest External Funding Newsletter, available here. The OSP updates this page on a monthly basis with new funding opportunities, so be sure to check back often!  

Since February is a busy grant submission month, please alert the OSP if you are planning to submit a grant or contract proposal. You may contact Barbara Sasso or Christine Fluter-Brown at     

Monthly Funding Workshops Continue
On February 23, the OSP will present the next of its monthly workshops to promote the development of strong proposals, to address new federal changes that will affect the submissions you make this year and to support grant/contract administration. Click here for the complete workshop schedule.  

Exploration of Technology to Support Grants Management
The Office of Research and Graduate Studies (RGS), the Division of Business and Finance, and the McGeorge and Dugoni business units have teamed up to explore solutions to expedite and standardize the Grant and Contract process for all Principal Investigators (PIs). One tool soon to be under review and evaluation is a grants management software system; the office or PI will have access to it to help manage four general grant writing phases: Discovery, Development, Tracking and Reporting, and Performance (Key Performance Indicators).

These phases apply to collaborative, interdisciplinary and individual grants/contracts.   The Discovery phase entails matching PI biosketch information with grant databases with RFPs and FOAs. The Development phase includes all aspects of Pre-Award (proposal strategy, budget and narrative development of proposals, compliances, readability, submission, etc.). The Tracking phase primarily covers Post-Award (acceptance of award, Index setup, reporting, etc.). The Performance phase is a macroscopic view of the University to see how well our research performance is addressing strategic initiatives. The task force plans to consult with faculty to ensure the software system helps faculty increase their productivity and efficiency.   

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