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OSP | Contacts and Functions

Person to Contact Regarding Proposals

Cynthia Muhammad serves as a point of contact for all matters related to proposals prior to submission to the sponsor. Cynthia provides budget development services as needed, reviews proposal budgets for compliance with AU and federal guidelines, and initiates and coordinates the AU routing process with PI, Dept. Chair, Dean and Vice Provost. In addition, Cynthia reviews proposal components for responsiveness to Request for Proposals (RFPs), completes sponsor online forms and budget forms, and submits proposal when institutional submission is required, and provides information regarding funding opportunities that have been identified by the PI as being of possible interest.

Cynthia Muhammad

Person to Contact Regarding Awards

Post Award functions for the following units have been temporarily assigned to:

Shira Lowinger Units: CAS- Humanities,SOC & WAMU

Cynthia Muhammad Units: CAS- Sciences

Person to Contact Regarding Cayuse and Other Technical Operations

Joe Gesa is OSP's Systems Administrator. His duties include the support of Cayuse, the university's proposal submission software, as well as maintenance of all systems related to electronic research administration. These include proposal management systems like NSF's Fastlane, NIH's eRA Commons, and As data custodian, Joe serves as the point of contact for inquiries into sponsored research activity both within the university and in response to prospective sponsors' application requirements.

Joe Gesa

Person to Contact Regarding Funding Opportunities, Training, and Office Operations

Akidah Felder is responsible for managing the department's operations and communications functions, which include developing processes and standards, marketing collateral design, content creation, executing training programs and events for faculty and various University departments. Ms. Felder also aides in the delivery and research of funding opportunity announcements to University research faculty and staff.

Akidah Felder