The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) provides assistance to the MBL research community by identifying funding opportunities, reviewing and approving proposals, negotiating awards, and managing the requirements and terms of the awards. As steward of the MBL’s externally-funded research portfolio, OSP is responsible for ensuring that all research proposals and projects adhere to MBL & sponsor research policies. Additionally, OSP ensures that the MBL meets its obligations to external sponsors throughout the life of an award. The Manager of Sponsored Programs is the designated authorized official for purposes of approving proposals and negotiating and accepting awards on behalf of the MBL.
Specifically, the Office of Sponsored Programs performs the following services for the
1. Identifying and disseminating funding opportunity information;
2. Performing reviews of all proposals for compliance with sponsor requirements and MBL policies before submission to any outside agency;
3. Assisting in the creation and/or verifying the accuracy and reasonableness of proposal budgets and budget justifications;
4. Undertaking administrative liaison activities with sponsors and collaborating institution points of contact regarding funding, periods of performance, reporting, prior approval requests, closeout, and other matters;
5. Negotiating agreements with external sources & sub recipient organizations on behalf of
6. Preparing sub awards to be issued to collaborating institutions;
7. Managing payment to sub awardees and ensuring that sub awardees meet sponsor regulatory requirements;
8. Coordinating award creation, maintenance, and closeout activities with Grant Accounting and the Principal Investigator;
9. Managing Time & Effort reporting and reporting as required by the Sponsor;
10. Providing statistical and other reports for purposes of reporting to the board and the MBL
11. Representing the MBL at meetings and conferences of importance to the research community and disseminating information and updates;
12. Accepting and managing awards;
13. Ensuring compliance with all regulatory requirements throughout the life of an award;
14. Maintaining federal representations and certifications on behalf of the MBL.