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1,100: University of Nevada, Reno Office of Sponsored Projects

Revised: September 2016

The Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) reports to the Vice President for Research and Innovation.  The office promotes and facilitates the education, research, and outreach missions of the University by serving as the administrative center for externally funded research and sponsored programs.  This office also protects the university’s interests in matters related to external funding by providing oversight and guidance regarding federal, state, and institutional rules, laws, and regulations.  Services provided by the office include identifying funding opportunities, assistance in proposal and budget development, proposal review and submission, negotiating agreements, accepting and authorizing awards, interpreting sponsor rules and guidelines, and post-award administration assistance.

Through the Vice President for Research and Innovation, the President has delegated to the Assistant Vice President for Research Administration the responsibility and authority for ensuring overall compliance with federal, state, system and institutional laws, rules, and policies.  

All UNR sponsored project proposals are to be vetted by OSP prior to submission to the sponsoring agency, and all awards are to be issued to the university's legal name: Board of Regents, Nevada System of Higher Education, on behalf of the University of Nevada, Reno. UNR principal investigators (PIs) are not authorized to submit proposals without having first had the proposal vetted by OSP.

All proposal submissions will be directed through OSP, and all contract communications with sponsors will be conducted by OSP. PIs are not authorized to negotiate agreements on behalf of UNR.

The following policies are approved university policies that exist to ensure the university’s compliance in the area of sponsored projects and can be located at:

  • Facilities and Administrative Rates
  • Change of Payroll Charges
  • Guidelines for Charging Administrative and Clerical Costs to Federally Sponsored Projects
  • Policy on Cost Transfers for Sponsored Projects
  • University Cost Share Policy
  • University Policy on NSF Two Months Salary Limitation
  • Memo Account Policy
  • Fixed Price Agreement Policy
  • Export Control Policy
  • Who Can Serve as Principal Investigator
  • Effort Reporting Policy

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