Key Services Provided

Pre-award:  Funding Searches, Proposal and Budget Development, and Submission

OSP’s primary and most visible mission is to serve the University community in the successful pursuit of external funds to support research and campus programs. Our office collaborates with faculty through every step of the pre-award process to submit highly competitive proposals:

  • Identification of external funding opportunities
  • Interpretation and application of funding guidelines
  • Detailed development of every element of the proposal and budget
  • Compliance review to ensure requirements put forth by USD and external sponsors are met

Compliance, Contracts and Reports

Once an award is received, OSP is responsible for the following non-financial support activities:

  • Negotiation, acceptance, and approval of grant/contract terms
  • Set up of subawards and independent contractor agreements
  • Closeout and retention of award data and documentation

OSP and Foundation Relations Working Together

External funding is critical to furthering existing research endeavors and initiating new avenues of teaching and scholarship. To meet these challenges, Foundation Relations (FR) and OSP staff members work together to lend visible and vital support to USD’s applicants. Grant-seeking faculty and administrators benefit from an effective collaborative search process shared by FR and OSP.

OSP and Grants Accounting Coordinated Award Management

OSP and Grants Accounting work together to review administrative processes and timelines unique to each project. An initial transition meeting with the PI serves as a valuable resource that details the management of all awards and explains the roles and responsibilities of both departments.