The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) supports and advances the college’s mission by providing leadership and expertise in grant administration, and ensuring compliance with relevant regulations.

OSP administers all federal, state, for-profit, nonprofit and private foundation faculty-led proposal submissions and awards involving research, education, community service or other sponsor activities.

Funding Opportunities

  • Assist faculty and staff in searching for funding opportunities, i.e. request for proposals, request for letters of intent, white papers, etc., that can support their research or extramural projects.
  • Provide guidance on funding opportunity requirements.

Research Compliance

  • Ensures that the College is complying with all applicable regulations and policies regarding financial conflict of interest (FCOI), responsible conduct of research (RCR), and research misconduct.
  • Ensures protocols and approvals for regulatory compliance are kept current throughout the life of the project.
  • Serves as a member on the Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Proposal Development and Submission

(PreAward)

  • OSP provides “best practice” guidance and proposal development support to faculty and staff.
  • Provides proposal and budget development for submission.
  • Provides guidance and interpretation of the funding opportunity, solicitation and sponsor requirements.
  • Ensures all submissions have institutional approval prior to submission.
  • Submits proposals, Letters of Intent, pre-proposals and white papers on behalf of the College.

Grant Administration

(Postaward)

  • Provides a comprehensive review of grant award, contracts, cooperative agreements and Material Transfer Agreement terms and conditions.
  • Works with the Office of General Counsel to negotiate and acceptance of contractual terms and conditions, including subaward agreements.
  • OSP serves as the point of contact to the sponsor for all grant administration activities, i.e. budget modifications, change of PI, No-Cost Extensions, prior approvals, etc.
  • Ensures that all reporting requirements are completed in a timely manner.
  • Initiates all close-out activities in accordance with the grant requirements.

Training and Education

  • Provides current information regarding any changes to policies, practices and regulations.
  • Provides training opportunities to the research community regarding proposal and budget development, research compliance and sponsor policies and regulations.

Customer Service

  • Provides faculty and staff with the expertise and support needed during the entire grant lifecycle, beginning with funding opportunities through grant closeout.
  • OSP collaborates with faculty, staff, departments, the provost’s office, development, fiscal affairs, offices of the executive vice president, and the general counsel.  

 

Contact 

Deborah Esparza-St Louis
Director, Office of Sponsored Programs
978-837-5611 | research@merrimack.edu