The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) was established in 1987 under the administrative oversight of Office of Research and Strategic Initiatives (ORSI). 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 has the authority to decide the manner in which pre/post-award activities are conducted campus-wide. It supports the efforts of the Office of Research and Strategic Iniatives by assisting faculty and others in obtaining external funds and by serving as an additional link between the University and public/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.
The mission of Southern University and A&M College - historically black 1890 land-grant institution in Baton Rouge, Louisiana - is to provide a student-focused teaching and learning environment that creates global leadership opportunities for a diverse student population where teaching, research, service, scholarly and creative expectations for students and faculty are achieved through the bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs offered at the instituion via different instructional modalities and public service.
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