Welcome to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Reporting to the Vice Provost for Research, this office deals with ALL matters related to research and sponsored activity in the University. For the provision of adequate services and support, the functions of this office are divided into three major sections. A brief synopsis of these functions is provided below:

Education and Training:

  • Development and presentation of workshops and seminars for competitive grantsmanship and improved communication skills
  • Organizing faculty site visits to funding agencies and vice versa
  • Oversight of the faculty mentorship program
  • Developing and sustaining internal and external interdisciplinary collaborations and partnerships

Proposal Development:

  • Timely dissemination of relevant information regarding sources of available funding
  • Facilitating proposal development and submission
  • Development of budgets for grants and contracts
  • Preparing and negotiating contracts
  • Pre-Submission Review!  Multiple eyes on multiple drafts of grant proposals increases the likelihood of funding.  As part of our commitment to help faculty succeed in the pursuit and performance of externally-funded scholarship, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs facilitates pre-submission review of proposals for external funding.  Proposers provide ORSP with a complete draft of the proposal narrative, budget and budget justification elements, 30 calendar days or more prior to the due date, and we provide written comments by two or more reviewers and the opportunity to interview with us about those comments, no less than 14 days prior to the due date, allowing proposers to make the necessary edits before final submission.

Awards Management:

  • Establish accounts for awarded grants and contracts
  • Provide administrative support for all aspects of execution of awarded grants and contracts
  • Review, approve and reconcile all grants and contracts-related spending
  • Maintain accurate time and effort reports
  • Periodically generate monthly spending reports
  • Administer all F&A related accounts and spending
  • Administer the Faculty Incentive Program
  • Administer the University's matching account
  • Administer Tennessee's Public Records Act (T.C.A. 49-7-120) relative to sponsored research and services

If you have any question and/or seek clarification, please contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.