The Office of Sponsored Programs

Director’s Message

Research administration at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) is a collaborative endeavor.  From the innovative and creative ideas developed by our Principal Investigators (or team of PIs) to the careful close-out of a sponsored project by research administrative support staff, we work together to ensure that the administrative burden of research is minimally felt by the PI.

As the central research administration unit at UNCG, the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) supports investigators who have or plan to apply for external sources of support for their research.  Our office of Grants Specialists also work with departmental administrators who assist with proposal preparation and award administration, as well as departmental chairs and deans who supervise research active units.   We also work with other research support units such as the Office of Contracts and Grants, the Office of Research Integrity and the Office of Innovation Commercialization.

OSP’s specific responsibilities include working with faculty, staff, and students to: identify resources for fundable projects; review, approve, and sign all proposals before submission to external entities; negotiate agreements with external sponsors and subrecipient organizations; accept and manage awards for sponsored projects which include such post award administration as processing an Assumption of Risk (AOR), re-budgeting, no-cost extensions, award transfers, etc.); maintain some compliance requirements during the life cycle of funded awards; award close out (non-financial); sponsored project data collection – reports on submissions and awards, interdisciplinary research projects, and data at the department, school, college, and center levels.  Our staff also provides education, professional development and outreach throughout the university.

We continue to strengthen and expand our proposal development services.  With the addition of a Proposal Development Specialist, the OSP is able to support faculty teams during the development of significant dollar, interdisciplinary, and multi-institutional proposals, including some writing and editing of proposals, developing faculty teams, developing proposal writing timelines, providing documents/data and helping to ensure compliance with UNCG and sponsor requirements.

The Sponsored Programs’ website was developed to provide the most comprehensive information on grants administration at our university.  With the user in mind, the site is easily navigable and the content contained herein closely follows the life cycle of a grant at UNCG, making the retrieval of information as easy as one click of your mouse.

Communication is key, so contact us soon.

Valera T. Francis, Ph.D.
Director