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Our Goal 

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is here is to encourage, facilitate, and support University of the Pacific (Pacific) faculty and staff, in the academic division, in the pursuit of external funding for their research, education, training, and other scholarly activities, while also protecting the University's interests in assuring compliance with federal and state guidelines, laws, rules, and regulations.


ORSP provides a comprehensive and wide breadth of services that encompass aspects of both pre-award and post-award management. ORSP pre-award activities primarily include assisting faculty and staff, in the academic division, in finding and applying for external funding in support of their research or other programmatic activity-to include proposal and budget development, and ensuring compliance with sponsor proposal guidelines. ORSP post-award, which are carried out by Sponsored Programs Accounting, activities include (but are not limited to) assistance to Pacific faculty and staff in many aspects of post-award management-e.g., ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local rules and regulations; assisting with technical report completion; non-financial "prior approval requests;" and acting as official liaison between the University and external governmental and non-governmental entities.

ORSP works closely with faculty and administrative staff in many of the academic units, departments and colleges on campus. ORSP also coordinates its activities with a number of administrative departments on campus to include the Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Budget and Financial Services (Payroll, Accounts Payable, Post Award, Procurement Services), Office of General Counsel, Human Resources, University Advancement, and Office of Marketing and Communications. ORSP provides periodic reports and information to the Pacific community on all of its sponsored program activities, and provides training and workshop programs to further inform and educate the Pacific community on the latest developments in the externally sponsored funding landscape.

Purpose of Manual

The funding landscape and federal regulatory environment are ever-changing.  As such, the Sponsored Programs Handbook is a "living" document that will be revised and updated in response to these changes.  The handbook is intended to serve as a guide-a useful "tool" for Pacific faculty and staff to refer to when questions about finding and applying for external funding might arise, or questions on award management might come up in the course of carrying out their funded projects.
Where further clarification is needed, members of the Pacific community should always feel free to contact ORSP.

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