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The lifecycle of a sponsored project begins with finding funding, then developing the proposal, routing and submitting the proposal for approvals, setting up the project, managing it, and eventually closing out the project.

The OSPR is here to assist in all aspects of the project lifecycle, including preparation of the project budget, writing, editing, or providing feedback, routing for approvals, submitting the final proposal, and helping you set-up and manage the project upon receipt of the grant.

Every project will have a Principal Investigator (PI) or Project Director (the OSPR refers to both as the PI.)

  • Principal Investigator (PI) – The primary individual responsible for the preparation, conduct, and administration of a research grant, cooperative agreement, training or public service project, contract, or other sponsored project in compliance with applicable laws and regulations and institutional policy governing the conduct of sponsored research.
  • Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) Any key personnel who have responsibilities similar to that of the PI on research projects. While the PI has ultimate responsibility for the conduct of a research project, the Co-PI(s) is/are also obligated to ensure the project is conducted in compliance with applicable laws and regulations and institutional policy governing the conduct of sponsored research.

Please contact the OSPR using this online form to initiate the sponsored project process.

For ESU's policies and procedures on pre- and post- award actions, please review the OSPR's Quick Reference Guide.