Welcome to the Office of Sponsored Programs

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We have a new Federally Negotiated Facilities and Administrative Rate Agreement!


The CITI Training Modules are now available for you to register and start learning and testing. Helpful CITI Guidance is also available. Please see our Policies and Procedures for guidance regarding CNU's current Responsible Conduct in Research Policy.

OSP Contact Information:
Email: osp@cnu.edu
Telephone: (757)594.7392

Sponsored Programs are research or programmatic activities funded by external sources. Sources may include the Federal Government, the State, or Private Foundations. Awards are made by the sponsor to the University, however, the proposal author is the Principal Investigator or the Project Director.  Grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements formalize the award. Funding opportunities and collaborators are available using COS Pivot. If you would like additional information, contact the Office of Sponsored Programs today.

Our Mission:
The Office of Sponsored Programs is dedicated to facilitating development of sponsored programs and research agenda for all CNU faculty and administration to benefit the University, its students, and faculty.


  • Identify and become familiar with faculty research and sponsored program objectives

  • Help to develop faculty ideas into research concepts

  • Link faculty with funding sources via COS Pivot and other means

  • Review funding opportunities that support faculty ambitions

  • Provide editorial and budgetary services throughout the proposal development procedure

  • Attempt to identify proof readers and mentors to assist in proposal development

  • Provide assistance in identifying collaborators

  • Facilitate institutional approval

  • Assist faculty with the proposal submission process

  • If not awarded, assist faculty in obtaining and interpreting reviewer comments
  • Ensure that awards made to the University reflect the proposed scope of work and funding level. Negotiate with sponsors to confirm that all costs are covered

  • Review awards, contracts, and cooperative agreements for problematic clauses such as publication limitation or intellectual property infringement

  • Alert the Business Office and the rest of campus about the award and obtain a Banner account number and CNULive access

  • Review expenditures to be sure the PI is within Sponsor restrictions on purchasing
  • Track project budget vs expenditures to ensure the project is fiscally on track

  • Liaise with institutional administrative departments to facilitate processing sponsored program needs
  • Provide payroll distribution certification for faculty

  • Provide CITI, EthicCore and other methods for certification of Responsible Conduct of Research

  • Notify PI of impending term dates of award and request budget modifications and no cost extensions if necessary

  • Reconcile grant expenditures monthly

  • Facilitate the close out process