Under the administrative oversight of Office of Research and Strategic Initiatives (ORSI), is the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). The OSP was established in 1987. It is the central unit responsible for serving faculty, administrators, and community by coordinating pre-and post-award functions related to sponsored and elective programs. This service includes coordinating the acquisition, monitoring, modification and close-out of grants, contracts and cooperative agreements. This office, within the policy of ORSI, has the authority to decide the manner in which pre-award and post-award activities are conducted campus-wide. It supports the efforts of the Office of Research by assisting faculty and others in obtaining external funds, and by serving as an additional link between the University and public and private funding sources.
The basic role of the OSP is to serve as the primary support organization for sponsored programs at Southern University and A&M College. As such, members of the staff work closely with the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration and the Office of the Comptroller. All federal, state and foundation awards administered by the University represent obligations of the University and, as such, are to be approved on behalf of the University by the Vice Chancellor for Research (the authorizing official for the University).
When an award for a sponsored project is made, the awarding agency makes the award to Southern University and A&M College. The Vice Chancellor for Research and Strategic Initiatives has been designated by the Chancellor as the Institutional representative in these matters. As such, the OSP serves as the intermediary between the funding agency and the Principal Investigator for such purposes as negotiation, modification and closeout of the award. In addition, the OSP has the responsibility of ensuring that all projects are performed in accordance with the awarding agency's governing regulations and guidelines.