OSP | Office of Sponsored Programs


  • Office of Sponsored Programs
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Welcome to the Office of Sponsored Programs

The OMB Uniform Guidance: Key Issues for Universities

The Council on Financial Assistance Reform and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) officially published the “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards” in the Federal Register.

The new OMB uniform guidance was released on December 26, 2013. The guidance, or Omni-Circular, consolidates eight OMB circulars into a single document and changes some fundamental concepts underlying the management of sponsored programs.

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), in conjunction with Grant and Contract Accounting (GCA), will host a webinar sponsored by NCURA to disseminate vital information that universities need to understand regarding the new guidance, and how it will affect our current policies and business practices: Conflict of Interest, Subrecipient Monitoring, Fringe Benefits and other financial and non-financial administrative matters.

The new guidance is the single most significant change in research regulations in the last 50 years. Thus, OSP and GCA strongly encourage all central and unit-level pre- and post-award research professionals at AU to attend this webinar to get a general overview of the scope of impending changes to federal regulations that will influence the content of research-related work with AU faculty.

Details of the the webinar are found below:

When: May 14, 2014, 1:00 - 3:30 pm

Where: Mary Graydon Center 4 and 5

Please RSVP with subject line Webinar to ospevents@american.edu providing your name, job title, and academic unit.

The final guidance will be located in Title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Chapter I, and Chapter II, Parts 200, 215, 220, 225, and 230. In the meantime, click here for an overview of the OMB Uniform Grant Guidance.

Introducing Grant Forward

OSP is excited to present a brand new funding database called Grant Forward. Grant Forward houses a continuously growing inventory of federal and non-federal funding sources, and provides a truly intuitive and easy searching experience through its robust and sleek interface.
Benefits at-a-glance:
  • Perform basic searches via free search or choose from a list of pre-classified subject categories
  • Refine searches by applying specific filters such as sponsor type, funding type, applicant type, deadline date, etc.
  • Build 'Research Profiles' based on publications and/or keywords associated with research interests, and have those related funding opportunities e-mailed to you daily, weekly, or monthly basis
  • And much more
Because of these many benefits that Grant Forward offers, service for InfoEd Global (AKA SPINSMARTS) has been discontinued. Users with existing SPINSMARTS accounts however, have automatically been created with Grant Forward accounts. If you had an existing account with InfoEd Global, you should have received an e-mail with credentials for accessing your new Grant Forward account.
If you did not have an InfoEd account, or simply wish to sign up for one, please go here. Start your funding search now!