What we do 

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is responsible for all pre-award and non-financial post-award functions including proposal submissions, the negotiation and acceptance of all sponsored awards and agreements on behalf of American University.

OSP assists American University faculty and staff with interpretation of sponsor polices/guidelines, including applicable regulations, sponsored programs training, education, and communication. OSP works closely with the Grants and Contracts Accounting (GCA) in managing all externally funded sponsored awards. Specific OSP services include:

  • Assistance with the proposal budget preparation and development
  • Research and disseminate funding opportunities
  • Facilitate institutional routing/approvals of proposals
  • Submission of proposals and other required documents to sponsors
  • Assist with electronic proposal development and submission
  • Provide institutional certification and/or assurances when required
  • Serve as liaison between the University and sponsor to resolve sponsored award related concerns/issues
  • Initiate sponsored award account set-up
  • Facilitate sponsored award close-out functions
  • Host regular events to educate faculty and staff on sponsor related policies and procedures
  • Develop resource documents to aid faculty/staff with the administration of sponsored awards
  • Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, local and university policies and regulations 

Contact OSP:
Office of Sponsored Programs
4801 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Suite 309
Washington, DC 20016
(P) 202-885-3474
osp@american.edu