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Located within the Division of Research and Economic Development, the Office of Sponsored Projects and Research (OSPR) provides assistance to faculty and staff in the development and submission of proposals to external organizations including federal, state, and private-sector sponsors to support research and scholarly activity.

The mission of OSPR is to advance the research enterprise at East Stroudsburg University by promoting an environment that fosters creativity, collaboration, and community. As such, the office serves as an advocate for persons in the ESU community who are interested in identifying, applying for, and receiving grant funds and conducting research or other scholarly activities with support from government and non-government sponsors, and in assisting administrators with the stewardship of grant-based funds.

The OSPR supports ESU's teaching, service, and scholarly and creative activities by:

  • Facilitating increased access to external funding sources.
  • Working with faculty, staff, and administration to create and implement a long-term vision for funding research and activities.
  • Building a comprehensive program to meet the current and future needs of ESU.

Support offered by the OSPR encompasses the pre- and post-award phases, including: identifying funding sources, assistance with preparation of proposals and budgets, obtaining appropriate signatures and post award administration.

The OSPR works closely with ESU's Office of Academic Affairs. Academic Affairs oversees all academic components of grant-funded programs and maintains and administers institutional policies such as Intellectual Property, Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and Conflict of Interest and coordinates the University Senate Research Subcommittee, updates the Academic Research Plan and Administers the FDR grants.

Services Provided by the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research:

  • Provide current information on available funding sources.
  • Provide coordination for research and sponsored programs.
  • Assist with the development of proposals including identification of a sponsor, developing a budget, timeline, assessments and evaluations, as well as securing appropriate approvals.
  • Focus personnel and resources to identify specific strategies to motivate faculty to develop and submit competitive grants.
  • Host idea exchanges to stimulate interest and creativity in developing project ideas.
  • Recognize faculty and staff who are engaged in grant-supported activities in University publications, websites and ceremonies.
  • Provide workshops and professional development opportunities.

Contact: Christina McDonald, Manager, (570) 422-7954,