Research Development Program

The OSP Research Development Program (RDP) is designed to inform, train and support new (and not–so–new) faculty as they pursue funding for research, scholarly and creative activities. The RDP includes workshops, seminars, informal meetings, and outreach activities all designed to position faculty and staff to be successful in the research/grant world. The Research Development Program provides support to aid principal investigators through the complex regulations and compliance issues that accompany sponsored programs.


  • Pivot – Using any campus computer you have access to the largest, most comprehensive database of available funding with more than 35,000 records representing over $35 billion in funding opportunities from sponsors throughout the world.  Sponsors include private foundations, public agencies, national and local governments, corporations and more.  Monies are available for work in all disciplines physical sciences, social sciences, life sciences, health & medicine, arts & humanities. Even locate a fellow collaborator at another university, in another state.

  • One–on–One Meetings with Faculty – OSP staff meet with new faculty (and not–so–new faculty who want extra support) to discuss the services we provide to assist in the quest for tenure, promotion, and professional recognition through grantsmanship.

  • Sponsored Programs Handbook: A Guide to Proposal Creation Facilitation & Management – This online document includes everything you need to know to prepare and manage a successful grant.

  • COGs – OSP hosts regular Coffee Over Grants meetings designed to bring internal collaborators together to discuss research and grants.  Looking for collaborators?  Let us facilitate a COG for your project.

  • COG Double Shot Thursdays – Join OSP for coffee and take us up on a "get out of the office free" deal. We meet the first Thursday of each month in the Armand Hammer Alumni–Student Center at Jazzman's Café and Bakery from 2–3 pm to discuss grant topics important to you. Bring your questions, suggestions and ideas.

  • The $5K Grant Solution – This is a service offered by OSP for staff and faculty looking to fund projects under $5,000 in value.  OSP provides you with a one page form to complete, detailing your project, followed up with a conversation with the grant facilitator assigned to your college.  Once the information is gather OSP will locate a foundation funder and write the proposal.

  • Faculty Intramural Seed Grant Program – Perhaps you need to do a bit of pre–work before pursuing a larger research or creative project.  Seed Grant funding may be available to cover expenses associated with the preparation phase of submitting a larger research grant or creative project proposal.

  • Proposal Incentive & Acknowledgment – Do not lose hope if a proposal does not receive funding. Most first–time applicants (60–80% of applications to federal agencies) are declined. We know that you spent hours writing, rewriting and tweaking your proposal. OSP provides public acknowledgment as well as financial incentives for your efforts. See the OSP Handbook for details.


  • New Award Orientation – PIs, and grant funded faculty/staff are provided with an overview of the award and notified of relevant sponsor and ORU policies, regulations, and procedures to assist with effective project management.

  • Online Training– OSP has provided video training and reviews on a variety of pre and post award topics. These 2 to 5 minute sessions provide you with both foundational and advance instruction on research activities, proposal preparation and award management.

  • Workshops – Join OSP staff for our workshop series. Topics include how to locate funding sources, proposal basics, budget development, electronic submissions, post–award compliance, and much more. Contact OSP or the Center for Faculty Excellence for upcoming workshops.

  • Bring OSP to You – Our staff is available for training or information sessions for colleges, departments, and classes. Let us know when you're meeting and we can offer presentations of varying lengths on a variety of topics.


  • Pre–Award & Post Award Non–Fiscal Compliance – Office of Sponsored Programs is the primary contact for:  Budget and proposal development; reallocation and justification requests to funders; monthly Time & Effort reporting; review and monitor expenditures for compliance to funder and award policy and procedure; policies and procedures; compliance; Seed Research Grants; IRB & IACUC as it pertains to sponsored projects; research agreements and sub–award development; materials transfer; intellectual property; conflict of interest; funding sources; online grant application; award orientations; promotion of research activities

  • Post Award Fiscal Compliance – Grant Accounting Office is the primary contact for:  Reimbursements and invoices for established funds; Financial reports to funders, Sub–award invoicing, Time & Effort annual certification, fund reconciliation/burn rate reports, funder invoicing and draw downs. Within Banner–fund establishment, budget set–up, reallocations, and cost transfers. Review and monitor expenditures for compliance to ORU policy and procedure