Thursday, May 15, 2014

Get to Know: The Office of Sponsored Programs

OSP is the institutional level office that helps facilitates the research endeavors of the faculty and the overarching research enterprise/mission through its pre-award, post-award and compliance functions, as associated with financial transactions and export controls. (Refer to the organizational charts for the functional areas of OSP.)

In Fiscal Year 2013, U.Va. received in excess of $275 million in externally funded sponsored research. In supporting these efforts, the office operates functionally as noted above. This funding is primarily from the National Institutes of Health, sponsoring medical research. Other federal sponsoring agencies include the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education, the Departments of Defense and Transportation and many more. Awards are also received from state agencies, other universities, industry, foundations and pharmaceutical companies.

Once the statements of work and budgets are submitted to the sponsors, we (like other applicants) wait for the good news of award! Once received, these awards review/negotiation of terms and detailed setup in the integrated system along with constant management until the awards are eventually closed. The importance of responsible management and stewardship by everyone involved with these funds is extensive, thus the necessity of compliance roles involving policy, procedure, and oversight.

Our responsibilities find us partnering with many of you and other offices across Grounds. This includes school and departmental research personnel, Human Resources, the Internal Studies Office, Procurement and Supplier Diversity Services and so on.

More details by function – coming soon!