Office of Sponsored Programs & Contract Office

Reporting to the Senior Vice Provost for Research, the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) and its Contract Office (CO) provides pre-award and non-financial post award research administration service and support to all departments, schools, research centers and institutes at the Washington Square campus as well as all of NYU’s global sites, including NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai.

OSP supports the development of competitive proposals and the proactive management of grant and contract awards for basic applied research, training and other sponsored activities funded by public and private not-for-profit sponsors including corporations and foundations.

Following are the core services and functions of the OSP and CO in pre-award and non-financial post award research administration at Washington Square:

  • Identify potential sources and programs of funding based on matches with faculty expertise and interest;
  • Review and interpret guidelines;
  • Facilitate the development of budgets and cost proposals;
  • Serve as the administrative liaison with extramural sponsors;
  • Serve as NYU’s Authorized Organizational Representative; responsible to bind NYU to the submission of proposals including assurances, representations and certifications as well as the negotiation and acceptance of award terms and conditions in the conduct of sponsored programs;
  • Maintain the university’s grants management system (Cayuse) with data populating the university’s financial system and data warehouse for research metrics.
  • Facilitate collaborations through the execution of subawards for programmatic performance; conduct risk assessment and subrecipient monitoring;
  • Advise investigators on sponsored project administration with a particular focus on the core principles of protecting academic freedom and responsible stewardship;
  • Ensure compliance with federal regulatory requirements, NYU, and sponsor-specific policies.

OSP’s philosophy, mission and decision making focuses on partnerships across the University to provide an effective and efficient infrastructure resulting in decreases in administrative burden for faculty so that we may collectively maximize the time researchers spend advancing research and discovery at New York University.