Office of Sponsored Projects

OSP is charged with assisting faculty and other university personnel to achieve funding for research other scholarly activity and to provide oversight on issues of federal, state and university compliance, laws and regulations.

Animal welfare:

  • Verifies IACUC review and approval as per University policy
  • Provides assurances of compliance with agency requirements and University policy regarding use and welfare of animals

Biosafety/Recombinant and Synthetic DNA Molecules:

  • Verifies review and approval of compliance with biosafety, recombinant DNA and Environmental Health and Safety requirements as per University policy
  • Provides assurances for all proposals requiring safety approval(s) and compliance with agency, and University policy regarding use of rDNA

Conflict of interest:

  • Coordinates Conflict of Interest disclosures for all projects as per University policy
  • The Director serves as the University of Utah Designated Official (DO), responsible for reviewing all financial disclosures and reporting any apparent conflicts to the Conflict of Interest Committee
  • Director serves on the Conflict of Interest committee
  • Director reports actions on disclosed conflicts of interest to sponsors, as necessary
  • DO forwards reports of violations to Conflict of Interest committee and sponsoring agency (as necessary)

Data and safety monitoring: N/A

Education and training:

  • Advocates and acts as steward for the policies, procedures and guidelines for the University and the sponsoring agency
  • Develops training for University staff and faculty regarding policies, compliance issues, procedures, proposal improvement and agency specific issues
  • Maintains a web page to assist Principal Investigators with proposal preparation and award management
  • Assists Principal Investigator with procedural management of active research projects (pre award, financial, prior approvals, reporting, and regulatory compliance issues)

Environmental health and safety:

  • Coordinates with the Department of Environmental Health and Safety regarding specific institutional compliance programs for specific projects prior to proposal submission
  • Documents agency guidelines and Principal Investigator/University compliance

Financial management of research:

  • Shares with Governmental Accounting the formulation, implementation and interpretation of policies regarding allowable costs
  • Completes Project Information Sheet for project set up and forwards to Research Accounting for chartfield assignment
  • Assists Principal Investigator with procedural management of active research projects (pre award, financial, prior approvals, reporting, and regulatory compliance issues

Human gene transfer:

  • Verifies rDNA/Biosafety Committee review and approval as per agency requirements and University policies
  • Provides assurances of compliance with agency requirements nd University policies regarding human gene transfer

Human subjects:

  • Verifies IRB review and approval as per University policy
  • Provides assurances of compliance with agency requirements for all projects requiring IRB approval

Human tissue samples:

  • Verifies necessary review and approval as per University policy
  • Assures appropriate project language regarding use and ownership of human tissue samples as per University policy
  • Coordinates Principal Investigator with IRB as necessary

Patents and inventions:

  • Assures appropriate project language and awards terms regarding patents and inventions as per University policy
  • Coordinates Principal Investigator with TTO as required
  • Alerts TTO when requests for variances on intellectual property rights are made

Radiation safety:

  • Verifies Radiological Health Department review and approval as per University policy and agency requirements

Sponsored projects administration:

  • Advocates and acts as steward for the policies, procedures and guidelines regarding sponsored projects for the University and the funding agency
  • Serves as a resource and advisor to Principal Investigators and University staff regarding Federal, state and local government, and funding agencies' rules, regulations and procedures
  • Reviews all proposals prior to submission for accuracy, correctness and legal sufficiency, considering agency requirements and University policy
  • Monitors subrecipients
  • Prepares and maintains a pre-award and non-fiscal post award file for proper contract administration
  • Liaison to University departments, work units and organizations, and sponsors to ensure appropriate, accurate and timely contract administration
  • Verifies review and approval to Federal and University institutional compliance issues such as animal and human subjects compliance, biosafety and recombinant DNA
  • Maintains a sponsored project database for proposals, awards and other relevant information to provide University administration, colleges, departments and others with management information