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Released June 29, 2004


Effective July 1, the Office of Contracts and Grants Accounting and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will be working together as Sponsored Programs Administration.

The departments are being restructured in order to serve the campus community more effectively.

"Our goal is to better serve our faculty, staff, and students by providing one organization to support sponsored programs at Southern Miss, from the development of a proposal to the end of an award," said SPA director Connie Wyldmon.

The new name was selected after an open competition among staff at both offices.

SPA services will encompass pre-award and post-award functions, including the development, submission, negotiation, funding, compliance, financial, and other administrative aspects of sponsored programs.

Ultimately both SPA offices will be housed together in Bond Hall. ORSP moved to Bond Hall in January 2003, while OCGA is currently housed in College Hall. "Being able to have all the personnel in one central location will be more convenient for our customers because they will be able to come to one place for assistance with external funding," according to Wyldmon. "At the same time, it will permit the staff to share resources and have access to all records associated with a contract or grant."

According to Dr. Cecil Burge, vice president for Research and Economic Development, the consolidation is all about making the administration of grants and contracts as easy as possible for faculty researchers who continue to expand the base of external funding. "The research enterprise at (Southern Miss) has experienced growth for five consecutive years. To sustain this growth and reach our goal of a $100-million research enterprise, we simply must continue to make all aspects of the pre-award and post-award processes more responsive to our faculty researchers. Having one office deal with the complete life cycle of sponsored programs will allow us to enhance service and support for our faculty and research community."


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