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Woman and Man conducting research, Ayres Hall, Students conducting research in Hodges Library

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) strives to provide the highest quality of support to faculty, staff, and research administrators by facilitating proposal processing and submission; reviewing, negotiating and accepting contracts and awards; and managing awards.

In addition, OSP ensures compliance with federal and state laws and UT policies to clarify submission procedures and processing of awards and to ensure a uniform administrative process.

Services

Proposal Management
  • Guidance and consultation on proposal development
  • Proposal review, processing and submission to sponsor
  • RFP/solicitation review to ensure compliance with sponsor requirements
  • Budget review and assistance with budget development
  • Official institutional signatory for proposals
Award & Contract Management
  • Contract review to ensure compliance with sponsor and university policies
  • Negotiation of research contracts and other research related agreements
  • Creation, negotiation, and processing of outgoing subawards
  • Liaison between faculty and sponsors
  • Final approval on research contracts and agreements
  • Award set up in Cayuse SP
  • Administration of incremental funding and post-award actions including rebudgets and no-cost time extensions.
  • Coordinate PI transfer for incoming and outgoing faculty
  • Coordination with Sponsored Projects Accounting
Training
  • Offer training tropics include Cayuse SP, OSP services, and agency regulations. For a complete list of training classes, go to workshop.utk.edu, then click on Office of Research and Engagement workshops.
  • Offer one-on-one training on any research administration topic
  • Coordinate Research Administrator OutReach (RAOR) forums with Sponsored Projects Accounting. For a list of upcoming forums and presentations from previous forums, click here.