Office of Sponsored Programs

All externally funded projects must be routed through the Liberty University Office of Sponsored Programs.

Please submit your final grant proposal materials to the Office of Sponsored Programs at least 5 business days in advance of the submission deadline to avoid delays or missed submissions.

Why does Liberty University need an Office of Sponsored Programs?

Because grants and contracts are made to Liberty University, not the Principal Investigator (PI),  Liberty University institutional approval and involvement is required. Grants and contracts obligate not only the PI, but also university facilities and resources.  The legal relationship that is defined in any project or proposal exists between the funding sponsor and Liberty University. 

When the OSP reviews and signs-off on a proposal on behalf of Liberty University, it signifies that the project information, including costs and available university resources have been confirmed by the respective individuals who oversee those resources, including the PI’s department head and dean.  To complete a thorough review, it is essential that the complete proposal is submitted to the OSP at least ten business days prior to the sponsor’s deadline.

How Can We Help You?

The Liberty University Office of Sponsored Programs:

  • Meets with faculty and staff regarding projects, funding needs, proposals, and budget development.
  • Notifies individuals of grant opportunities.
  • Submits proposals (electronic and hard copy).
  • Reviews and negotiates contracts and awards that involve sponsored projects.
  • Serves as a liaison to funding agencies and sponsors.
  • Assists with post-award issues, fiscal management, and project closeout.
  • Advises faculty and staff on matters that affect research administration.

Who We Are

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is the central administration office for all externally sponsored projects for Liberty University.  The OSP is dedicated to providing assistance and services that give Liberty University faculty and staff a competitive edge in obtaining external funding.

As the authorized institutional representative for grant applications, contracts, and other funding opportunities, the Liberty University OSP is responsible for reviewing, negotiating and executing all contracts and agreements for LU which involve sponsored projects. 

What Is A Sponsored Program?

A sponsored program is any activity that receives restricted external funding. 

Examples of sponsored programs are:

  • grant is a type of financial assistance awarded to an organization to conduct research or other programs as specified in an approved proposal.
  • cooperative agreement is a funding arrangement in which the sponsor's staff may be actively involved in proposal preparation and anticipates having substantial involvement in research activities after the award has been made.
  • contract is a mechanism for procuring a product or service with specific obligations for both sponsor and recipient. Typically, a research topic and the methods for conducting the research are specified in detail by the sponsor. A contract is a legally binding document.

External organizations that may provide funding to Liberty University can include government agencies, foundations, nonprofits, other universities, and private companies or organizations.

Funding restrictions are the obligations and terms set in the project description of the proposal or agreement.  Some conditions that might be included in a sponsored project are:

  • A defined scope of work
  • A specified period of performance
  • Fiscal accountability and/or administrative reporting to account for expenses
  • Deliverables, such as a final reports

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