The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP) is the unit of Academic Affairs charged with administering research-related grant and contract activity so as to assure that the ethical and legal interests of the University and the sponsors are understood, appropriately funded, and completed.
ORSP also works with the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Deans, department chairs and individual faculty members to find sources of research funding which will enable committed faculty to pursue scholarly interests which require resources that cannot be personally or institutionally provided. As with all research at Villanova University, acquiring and stringently administering sponsored research awards helps fulfill two of the universal missions of higher education which are to create new knowledge and to disseminate new and existing knowledge to students, the surrounding community and society at large.
To accomplish our stated mission ORSP provides the services and fulfills the functions stated below:
- ORSP is to assist Villanova University faculty members in finding support for research programs which the resources of the University alone cannot fully fund;
- ORSP is to assist faculty in the establishment of costs for any proposed projects that will meet project requirements and be consistent with acceptable University, sponsor and governmental guidelines and requirements.
- ORSP is responsible for ensuring that any grant or contract award received in support of a scholarly project will be established and administered in accordance with the Terms and Conditions of the accepted award and with all applicable laws and regulations. The University’s practices will reflect adherence to the requirements of OMB Circulars A-133 and A-21.
- ORSP will monitor and coordinate the closeout of all terminated awards and monitor all closeout procedures to see that appropriate technical, administrative and financial reports have been filed.
The Villanova University Office of Research and Sponsored Projects exists to assist the faculty and to act as their representative and advocate to prospective funding sources. Do not hesitate to call on us.