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Supporting Research at LU

The Office of Sponsored Programs & Research (OSPR) helps the LU community engage in sponsored research and creative activities by providing a range of helpful services:

Search for Funding Sources 

  • Identify appropriate federal, state, foundation and corporate funding opportunities and disseminate solicitations to interested faculty and staff.
  • Obtain program guidelines, applications, abstracts of funded projects and sample funded proposals.

Guide Proposal Development 

  • Assist with the development or revision of proposals for external submission.
  • Provide proposal review and editorial assistance.
  • Foster collaborations by identifying faculty and staff with similar research and creative interests. 
  • Act as liaison with federal, state and foundation funding agencies for pre-award information and support.
  • Provide follow-up consultation toward the revision and resubmission of declined proposals, including obtaining and interpreting reviewer comments and contacting the agency for additional insights into the review process.

Support Budget Preparation 

  • Assist with budget development and assure funding requests align with LU and sponsor guidelines.
  • Assist with development of budget narratives.
  • Complete agency-specific budget forms.

Authorize Proposals for Submission

  • Review proposals for conformance to agency and LU guidelines.
  • Provide guidance and support for the institutional approval process.
  • Submit proposals to external agencies.

 Post-Award Assistance

  • Negotiate and initiate grant and contract awards.
  • Obtain institutional approval for acceptance of awards.
  • Assist with budget revisions, project extension requests and other functions necessitating sponsor approval.
  • Assist with authorization and submission of required reports.