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What are sponsored programs?

Sponsored programs include research, public service, instruction, and other scholarly activities. Sponsored programs are funded by external organizations via grants, contracts or cooperative agreements. The OSP is responsible for administrating all sponsored programs at Winston-Salem State University. For assistance in determining whether an opportunity or activity is a “sponsored program,” see Defining Sponsored Programs.

Mission and Goals

The mission of the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is to provide leadership, information, and technical assistance to faculty and staff in obtaining external funds to engage in scholarly activities (research, public service, instruction, etc.) The goals of the OSP include the following:

  • Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of research and sponsored program activities;
  • Increase sponsored programs productivity for the entire university; and
  • Provide comprehensive support services for sponsored program development and administration.


Pre-award services are invaluable services offered to WSSU faculty and staff interested in pursuing financial resources from extramural funding agencies. Pre-award staff members also help identify and determine eligibility for grants and other awards in addition to assisting PIs with proposal and budget development.



Post-award administration contains guidelines, policies and procedures, and forms needed to administer an award from inception and throughout the life of the project. This section also contains the internal closeout process with forms needed to formally closeout a project within 90-days after its end date

Research Compliance

A primary goal of the Office of Sponsored Programs is to educate the Winston-Salem State University's research community about regulatory requirements and ethical standards governing research. Principal investigators are responsible for ensuring compliance with all applicable regulations and policies.