Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Integrity
The purpose of seeking grants or contracts at UCM is to support and advance our teaching, research, and service mission
The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Integrity's (OSPRI) mission is to:
- provide the UCM community with the services and resources needed to successfully obtain and manage funding for their scholarly, service, and teaching endeavors
- to protect the interests of UCM by ensuring compliance with rules and regulations.
Priorities applied to sponsored programs proposals:
- Proposals should be appropriate to the university and clearly related to Central's core mission
- All externally funded projects should be directed by a full-time faculty or staff
- Budgets should provide the best return to the university
The services and resources provided by Sponsored Programs are designed to assist Principal Investigators with the following:
- Identifying funding sources
- Developing proposals
- Preparing budgets
- Obtaining, interpreting, and following grants and contracts management guidelines, policies, and regulations
- Coordinating institutional review and routing
- Accepting awards
- Preparing and submitting initial requests for fund numbers
- Managing rejections and resubmitting proposals
- Handling post-award negotiations with granting or contracting agencies
- No cost extensions or continuations
- Additional and supplemental funding
- Legal Counsel review, modification and approval
Once awarded, OSPRI assists in PI with the submission of reports, approval of expenditures within granting agency restrictions, and administration processes and requirements. Post award services may be complex. OSPRI may offer assistance which includes:
- Multiple PIs (and therefore multiple projects)
- Sponsor intricacies
- Foreign sponsors and subcontractors
- Cost share (especially third party)
- Type and frequency of reporting
- Foreign and domestic travel
Grants Administration Staff
Grants Administration staff work together to provide these services. Each member, however, has primary areas of responsibility, as follows:
- Director of Sponsored Programs: Provides overall administrative oversight of grants and contracts and assists in negotiations with granting or contract agencies. Serves as the Authorizing Official for grant applications and can formally accept the terms and conditions of the award. Also serves as the Authorized Official for contracts or documents requiring the signature of an official authorized to bind University of Central Missouri to certain obligations.
- Program Assistant: Under supervision: Assists with pre and post award maintaining comprehensive records and databases for assigned proposals, awards and reports. Assist with proposal development, submission, budgets and application packages, compliance with regulations and approvals. Review programmatic, fiscal and legal terms and reports to supervisor. Assists in the oversight of financial reporting, payroll, budget, and accounts payable and receivable with the award budget.
- Program Administrator: Independently accomplishes all tasks as listed under Program Assistant and supervises the program assistants. Reviews proposals and provides feedback regarding organization, format, and overall readability. May edit it to ensure consistency, readability, accuracy, and incorporation of applicable sponsor guideline requirements
- Systems Coordinator: Maintains grant database, coordinates proposal routing, and manages time and effort reporting, transparency reporting, website maintenance. Prepares and submits requests for fund numbers. Maintains official grant files, including archiving of closed files according to Research and Compliance policy.
- Research Compliance: Manages UCM's research employee compliance with educational requirements, including Financial Conflict of Interest tutorial, Responsible Conduct of Research, Human Subjects' Research, Animal Care and Use, and others as applicable.