Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

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Overview of Services

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is a service office that reports to the Vice President for Research. Activities of ORSP are designed to help the faculty and facilitate the overall grant process, while balancing the need for institutional and sponsor regulatory compliance. We are here to help you in the following areas:

Proposal Development, Review, Approval and Submission

  • ORSP staff assists with proposal preparation, including budget development, preparation of forms, editing, review (i.e. comparison with funding agency guidelines and requirements, compliance with University policies and procedures, and State and Federal regulations).
  • ORSP offers assistance in budget and proposal development, and serves as an agency liaison during the pre-award stage.
  • ORSP obtains necessary institutional approval for proposals, and manages the electronic or print submission of applications.

Funding Opportunity Information

  • ORSP distributes information about extramural programs electronically through the FundingNotice, a monthly publication of funding opportunities, and the ResearchFocus, a semester newsletter focusing on research-related issues.
  • UL Lafayette provides access to a number of resources to support faculty in their research activities including SMARTS/GENIUS/SPIN and direct agency links.

Education & Training

  • ORSP presents seminars and workshops that provide information on specific agency or funding programs; and enhance grant writing skills; presents special events that stimulate the development of new ideas and multidisciplinary opportunities.
  • ORSP makes available online training programs related to research compliance topics such as animal care and use, protection of human subjects, and the responsible conduct of research.
  • ORSP distributes ResearchFocus, a semester newsletter focusing on research-related issues.

Research Compliance

  • ORSP works with University research oversight committees, boards and offices responsible for specific components of research compliance, including the Institutional Review Board, Institutional Biosafety Committee, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and the Radiation Safety Committee to ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements related to research activity.
  • The office is responsible for monitoring regulatory changes and recommending institutional responses to ensure compliance, and oversees development and implementation of policies, procedures, programs and educational activities which satisfy federal, state and institutional regulations governing the conduct of research.