The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) facilitates research administration at Samford University. OSP oversees all pre-award and post-award activities and is authorized to submit proposals on behalf of Samford University. Once an award has been made, OSP provides comprehensive service in award administration.

Faculty OSP Responsibility Matrix

Research Development

One of the priorities of the OSP is to provide Research Development assistance to support faculty in developing a successful research portfolio. Research Development support provides faculty with expert guidance on connecting to potential resources, collaborators, and funding, as well as cultivating relationships with federal, state, and corporate funding agencies.

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Pre-Award Procedure

The office also serves Samford faculty by helping to develop high quality, competitive proposals that lead to success.  Notify the OSP, as well as your Chair and Academic Dean, as soon as possible via e-mail regarding your intent to apply for external funds. This stage is critical for all Samford stakeholders to plan and prepare for your upcoming submission, as the appropriate amount of time must be allotted in the calendar to accommodate budget revisions, routing, and submission.

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Post-Award Management

The Office of Sponsored Program’s Post-Award Management is responsible for all post-award functions involving Sponsored Research and other Sponsored Activities. Our goal is to support Samford’s research mission by ensuring compliance with federal regulations, state law, and university policies and procedures.

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Other Sponsored Projects

External funding for Research projects is relatively straightforward and simple to identify. There are other times when funds do not come through OSP, such as with faculty consulting and gifts made to Advancement, that are more difficult to categorize.  Some information is provided here to help with that process, but please contact the OSP if you have questions.

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