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The mission of the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is to promote the initiatives of UAB as a premier research university and academic health center by providing effective guidance and support in the administration of sponsored projects. OSP enhances and facilitates the ability of faculty, staff, and students to achieve their goals through successful competition for external funding while maintaining responsible stewardship of these projects.


The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is a central office reporting to the Vice President for Research. The OSP assists UAB’s faculty and staff in their efforts to secure and fulfill extramurally sponsored programs by performing pre-award and non-financial post-award administration.

The OSP is charged with the following, including but not limited to:

  • Perform preliminary review and approval of all proposal submissions.
  • Submit proposals through Grants.gov and most awarding agency portals.
  • Serve as representative UAB business office with official signing authority.
  • Negotiate and execute:
    • Clinical Trial Agreements (CTA)
    • Other extramurally sponsored projects to include:
      • Research
      • Services (selected)
      • non-sponsor funded collaboration
      • master agreements
    • Continuing Professional Education (CPE) agreements
    • Data Use Agreements (DUA) (selected)
    • Confidentiality Disclosure Agreements (DUA)
  • Process awards for distribution and account setup.
  • Non-financial post award administrative support.
  • Provide means for ad-hoc report requests.
  • Provide ongoing training for the campus, principal investigators (PI), department administrators and center administrators to include workshops and other structured opportunities.
  • Host workshops and other various training opportunities.
  • Distribute latest updates, news and information via the UAB Research Digest.
  • Answer questions and provide information to sponsors and UAB personnel in a prompt, accurate and cordial fashion.

A few things OSP cannot do:

  • Negotiate Facilities and Administration (F&A) rates.
  • Release agreements with compliance approvals, budgets or other required documents pending.