Sponsored Projects Administration

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University of South Alabama Marine Sciences researchers prepare to sample aboard the Dauphin Island Sea Lab vessel, the Alabama Discovery. Photo credit David Hay Jones

Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) is a service office assisting University investigators.  Major functions of this office include:

  • Review proposals for completeness and compliance as required by sponsor and University guidelines
  • Maintain the University's electronic research administration system, including institutional approvals and submissions
  • Provide non-financial management of awards, including award  negotiation, subawards, post-award revisions, and project closeout

As an institution of higher education, the University of South Alabama has a major responsibility to engage in programs of scholarly research and training. Projects in progress at any one time cover the spectrum of the academic interests of its faculty and administration and represent the continuing growth of the University’s expertise in the arts, education, humanities, medicine, and the sciences.

SPA functions to support faculty research through the attraction of nationally competitive research and other sponsored program awards. The term, sponsored projects, refers to the externally-funded activities undertaken by faculty and/or administration to advance the mission of the University of South Alabama.

You are encouraged to use the resources available on the SPA web site and to maintain contact with College/Departmental Grants Administrators or the SPA staff to provide answers to your proposal-specific questions.

The SPA website provides information for all pre-award services provided to researchers. Research administration, including post-award financial administration, research compliance, and research development, involves the larger number of University offices supporting sponsored activities. For contact information on these offices, please visit the research offices listed on the right. For information on sponsored activity at the University of South Alabama, please visit Research Reports.