The Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) unit within Research and Graduate Studies (RGS) serves as the central administrative unit at PSU responsible for assisting faculty and staff with activities related to the lifecycle of sponsored project administration. SPA staff provides administrative expertise and professional support to faculty and staff from proposal development and submission, through award negotiation and acceptance on behalf of the University, to award management and closeout.
Sponsored Project Lifecycle
Proposals for external funding must be reviewed and approved by an Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) who has the authority to sign and submit grant applications on behalf of PSU. SPA staff are PSU's designated AORs.
It is important to notify SPA that a proposal is in progress so that review and approval can be completed in time to meet sponsor deadlines. Once a proposal has been reviewed, SPA receives formal notification of sponsor acceptance or rejection.
“Award” is a generic term applied to all external funding provided to the University for sponsored activity the acceptance of which represents a formal obligation by the University.
Once accepted, awards are routed for setup in the Banner Financial Information System (FIS) to capture, track, and report expenses. Award management is contingent on the ability of the principal investigator/project director to carry out the project and the ability of PSU's stewardship.
Resources to identify funding sources from local, state, federal, and foundation sources.