Carnegie Mellon University

Welcome to the Office of Sponsored Programs

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OSP Mission

Carnegie Mellon University is dedicated to creating and disseminating knowledge through research. The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) contributes directly to this mission by providing comprehensive support to faculty and staff in the administration of externally sponsored research. OSP's Primary functions:

Proposal Team

The Proposal Team reviews and approves research proposals, ensures the accuracy of the budget for the proposed project and coordinates pre-award negotiations. They also answer any inquiries related to regulations of the various funding agencies.

Contracts Team

The Contract Team assists faculty and researchers in completing contracts with sponsors (both corporations and the government). In addition, they also handle discussions of such issues as intellectual property, confidentiality, publications and any other contractual concerns.

Awards Team

The Award Team assists with the processing of all completed awards. Specific details are recorded in the research administration system and forwarded to Sponsored Projects Accounting (SPA) for award.


NIH has published NOT-OD-22-076 - Guidance on Salary Limitation for Grants and Cooperative Agreements

As per the OVPR emails sent on November 16, 2021:

Any requests that require OSP approval and/or signature should be submitted to OSP within the following timelines:

  • Final proposals, fully approved by the department/schools, should be routed to an OSP Specialist via SPARCS at least five (5) business days in advance of any submission deadline.
  • Any requests for OSP signatures including; letters of intent, technical reports, representations and certifications, and other documents that require institutional approval must have an associated departmental/school-approved SPARCS proposal, and be submitted to OSP at least five (5) business days in advance of any deadline.

OSP cannot guarantee that it will be able to submit proposals or complete any documents that are submitted for review outside of the above Submission Deadlines.

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