1, the Office of Contracts and Grants Accounting and the Office
of Research and Sponsored Programs will be working together as Sponsored
are being restructured in order to serve the campus community more
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.
will encompass pre-award and post-award functions, including the
development, submission, negotiation, funding, compliance, financial,
and other administrative aspects of sponsored programs.
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."
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."