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The Administration of Sponsored Research and Training

As part of its activities as a major research institution, New York University provides services to the academic community in support of research, training, and related activities carried out with funding from public, private not-for-profit, and voluntary health agencies. The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) serves New York University faculty, excluding the School of Medicine, and the Office of Grants Administration and Research Services (OGARS) serves the School of Medicine faculty.

Office of Sponsored Programs—Washington Square Campus

OSP is staffed by Projects Officers knowledgeable about funding opportunities in a wide range of academic fields and experienced in working with external sponsors. They assist in the following areas:

  • Identify appropriate sponsors and interpret guidelines;
  • Develop budgets and fulfill application requirements;
  • Review for consistency with institutional and sponsor guidelines;
  • Act as liaison between investigators and governmental agencies in the negotiation of awards; and
  • Provide guidance to investigators in managing projects administration.

OSP also functions as the University’s research compliance office by:

  • Identifying new regulatory requirements;
  • Negotiating federal assurances and staffing institutional review committees;
  • Developing institutional policy and procedures for the protection of human subjects, conflict of interest, and misconduct in science; and
  • Supporting the University’s obligations under its Assurance covering the use of animals in research.

    OSP manages two institutionally-funded research programs:
  • New York University Research Challenge Fund, an annual competitive program; and
  • University Scientific Instrumentation Costsharing Fund, which offers costsharing for proposals to external research equipment programs requiring it.

To keep the University community informed, OSP maintains a website which contains:

  • News and developments of interest to researchers;
  • A deadline calendar (also distributed in hard copy);
  • Guidelines for NYU’s internal research competitions;
  • Principal Investigator’s Guide to Preparing and Submitting Proposals;
  • Human Subjects’ Review Information; and
  • Links to funding agencies and online application forms.

OSP also publishes an Award Listing to assist potential sponsors in identifying other faculty members working in compatible areas of interest, and detailed announcements of specific program opportunities. The office maintains a library of sponsor guidelines and application materials as well as guides to proposal development. For additional guidance in the process of applying for externally sponsored programs, OSP has available an overview of University policies and procedures regarding the generation and operation of funded programs by members of the University community, as well as specific information on personnel policies applicable to sponsored research and training personnel.

See the NYU Public Directory for contact information.

Sponsored Programs Administration – Medical Center

Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) provides specialized services for the scientific community at the New York University School of Medicine. SPA provides individual consultation to assist faculty in obtaining funding for research, public service, and training activities at the School of Medicine.

SPA staff members utilize web-based tools to help faculty find funding, and prepare and submit applications. Faculty can work with experienced SPA staff to perform specialized searches for funding using online databases. NYU School of Medicine faculty have access to electronic research administration via the SPA Home Page. The home page features announcements of new funding opportunities from both federal and non-federal agencies, comprehensive deadline calendars, links to federal and non-federal sponsors, online NYU School of Medicine grant forms, and application forms for external sponsors.

Sponsored Programs Administration coordinates four internal research grant programs. The Research Bridging Support Program provides support to faculty who experience a hiatus in extramural support. The Scholars Program identifies prominent award programs, and works closely with selected candidates to submit competitive applications. The R01/R21 Incentive Program considers support for unsuccessful new (rather than competing continuation) applications for these NIH grant mechanisms that have received favorable critiques but were never funded. The program provides funds for the completion of necessary experiments, the collection of essential data, or the maintenance of essential laboratory infrastructure deemed necessary to address application critiques and move unfunded grant applications into the fundable range on subsequent submissions. A fourth initiative supports efforts to develop research teams that will be competitive in applying for large (over $700,000 direct costs per year), multi-investigator research grants such as Program Projects, Center Grants, and SPORES.

Sponsored Programs Administration is responsible for confirming compliance with the requirements of regulatory agencies and sponsors as well as serving as liaison to funding agencies in negotiating awards and contracts. The Senior Associate Dean for Research Administration oversees the review and institutional approval of applications submitted on behalf of the NYU School of Medicine.

See the Sponsored Programs Administration Home Page for contact information.

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