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Sponsored Programs and Research Integrity

Mission Statement

The Office of Sponsored Programs & Research Integrity (OSPRI) assists university personnel and students in finding funding opportunities, developing ideas into fundable projects, compiling application materials, managing externally funded projects, and ensuring compliance with external funding regulations and research integrity at the University of Central Missouri.  The primary functions of the office support:

  • Adherence with institutional, state, and federal regulations regarding oversight of sponsored projects and research;
  • Diversification of institutional funding to better serve students;
  • Facilitation of regional, national, and international collaborations through external funding, and
  • Navigation through the research process to ensure compliance in and protection of all human and animal subjects.

Vision Statement

The Office of Sponsored Programs & Research Integrity strives to embed a culture of research ethics throughout UCM, and serve as a resource center for best practices in research.  Additionally, OSPRI endeavors to:

  • Expand and diversify institutional collaborations and partnerships at the national and international level through external funding;
  • Increase research focused funding to better prepare students for graduate programs and a competitive workforce, and
  • Serve as a leading institution in innovative collaborations in higher education which improve the student experience.




The Office of Sponsored Programs & Research Integrity's (OSPRI) serves the campus in two main ways, by securing and maintaining compliance of external funding in the form of sponsored programs (grants and contracts) and in ensuring compliance with federal regulations for both funded and unfunded research. OSPRI assists faculty, staff, and students with:
  • Finding, applying for, and managing externally funded research and projects;
  • Navigating the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process for Human Subjects research;
  • Navigating the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) process for Animal Subjects research;
  • Maintaining institutional compliance with federal and state regulations relating to external funding and research; and,
  • Providing research and financial compliance training.


OSPRI provides several tools and resources to the campus, including funding opportunity search system (SPIN Plus), research, financial management, and compliance training through CITI, and post award management tools.  Information about all of these are in the Forms & Resources section.

By the Numbers

Below is data for OSPRI from Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 (July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021).
  • 71 new awards worth $51.0 million
  • 106 applications submitted for funding by 52 principal investigators, valued at $66.1 million
  • $14.2 million in grant funded expenditures
  • $314,172 in student support funding through stipends, graduate assistantships, and student wages
  • 165 UCM personnel were fully or partly funded through sponsored projects
  • 173 protocols were submitted to the IRB (122 student researchers and 51 faculty/staff investigators)
  • 16 IACUC protocols were submitted (10 by students and 6 by faculty/staff members)

Contact Us

Main Office Contact:


Sponsored Programs                                          Research Integrity
Ward Edwards, Suite 1900                                 Ward Edwards, Suite 1900
660-543-4264                                                        660-543-8562                                             


Staff Contact:

Sarah Craig                                                            
Ward Edwards 1918                          

Dan Britton                                                              
System Coordinator                                               
Ward Edwards 1922                          
Katie Brunkhorst
Grant Development Coordinator
Ward Edwards 1922

Felicity B. Buell
Grant Administrator
Ward Edwards 1920
Kathy Schnakenberg
Program Administrator/Research Compliance Officer
Ward Edwards 1924


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