Office of Research Services and Sponsored Programs

The Office of Research Services and Sponsored Programs (ORSSP) supports the Georgia Southern University faculty, staff and students in the acquisition, performance and administration of projects and programs funded from sources external outside the University through research administration and service; research integrity and compliance; and award management. Sponsored projects and programs include research, public service, instruction, and other scholarly activities funded by external organizations. The ORSSP provides research administration services in the areas of pre-award and non-financial post-award activities, and research integrity and compliance, working closely with Research Accounting to provide a full array of related services to the research community at Georgia Southern.

Pre-award research administration serves as the central point of coordination for grants and contractual obligations from individuals, foundations, government and public agencies; and industrial, financial and private organizations to support sponsored research and service activities at Georgia Southern University, offering identification and dissemination of funding opportunities; proposal development and editing services; project budget development; assistance with forms, guidelines and submission requirements; routing of proposals for institutional approval; proposal submission; contract and award negotiation; award acceptance and modification; materials transfer, data use and other contractual areas; project management assistance; and other areas as needed.

Post-award financial management services are provided by the Office of Research Accounting (under the Business and Finance division).

The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) serves as the administrative home for research compliance, providing support and guidance to the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB), the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). The ORI also administers the university processes for reviewing financial conflict of interest, and other areas of compliance as needed.

The ORSSP provides support for the Faculty Research Committee, a Faculty Senate committee which awards competitive internal research funding on an annual basis and selects recipients of the Faculty Excellence in Research awards.

The Georgia Southern University Research and Service Foundation (GSURSF) is a nonprofit partner organization that assists, supports, and furthers the research, service, and educational missions of Georgia Southern University. The Foundation functions in cooperation with the University to simplify business processes and other interactions between the private sector and the University. The Foundation manages intellectual property resources for the discovery, development and commercialization of new ideas and technologies. The GSURSF receives all incoming external awards and assigns the performance of sponsored research projects and service delivery programs to the University.

If you have any questions or for additional information please visit our website Office of Research Services and Sponsored Programs or contact (912) 478-5465.