Michael Nichols

Director of Office of Sponsored Programs
Office of Sponsored Programs

  • As Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs, Michael is responsible for the direction and management of all pre-award grant and contract administration operations at American University. He provides leadership for integrating national best practices into current institutional policies and procedures related to the review, negotiation, and acceptance of sponsored research awards from federal and private foundation sponsors. He also enhances faculty efforts to engage in effective application development and implementation via: updated guidelines for accepting research awards, standard negotiation manuals and sponsored research templates, master sponsored research agreements, and in partnership with the Office of Grants and Contracts Accounting (GCA) standardized training on pre and post-award policies and procedures for personnel engaged in sponsored research in academic and teaching units. Prior to joining American University in July 2012, Michael was an Associate Director and Director within the Office of Sponsored Programs at Emory University. Prior to his appointment at Emory, Michael was a Senior Grants and Contracts Manager at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, a Senior Grants and Contracts Officer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and Senior Contracts Coordinator at California State University, Fullerton. He has more than a decade of expertise in grants and contracts administration in highly research active universities, organizational management, as well as institutional compliance to federal regulatory requirements. Michael holds a Juris Doctor (law degree), a master's degree in public administration, and certifications in research administration and federal contracting.

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