About OSP

MISSION STATEMENT - Function of the Office of Sponsored Programs

SERVICES - Assistance available from the Office of Sponsored Programs

ORGANIZATION - Institutional reporting structure

STAFF - The Office of Sponsored Programs personnel



The Office of Sponsored Programs, a unit within Research, Graduate School, Continuing Studies, and International Programs, provides services and support to Gallaudet faculty and staff seeking outside funding for projects of benefit to the Gallaudet community. The Office of Sponsored Programs disseminates information concerning appropriate funding opportunities and offers guidance to the campus community in the development and submission of proposals and in the negotiation and finalization of grants and contracts. In addition, it assists with various administrative issues arising from extramurally funded projects and acts as the liaison with the University's Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects for projects funded through grants and contracts.

The Office of Sponsored Programs is committed to augmenting institutional resources in order to enhance the University's research and educational programming. Through a coordinated effort to match Gallaudet's faculty and staff with extramural sponsors, the Office of Sponsored Programs functions as a catalyst transforming the creativity of the Gallaudet community into the reality of funded research, training, and technical assistance projects.


The federal government, state and local governments, and certain profit and nonprofit entities provide funds which enable colleges and universities to create new programs, expand research opportunities, and undertake developmental activities which benefit both the general public and the educational institution itself. The Office of Sponsored Programs encourages faculty and staff efforts to obtain such outside sponsorship through its provision of services and support to the Gallaudet community in these endeavors. Within its purview, the Office of Sponsored Programs:

  • Assists in locating potential funding sources and provides individual training in the use of Community of Science (COS) funding database;
  • Disseminates individualized information pertinent to the availability of (and deadlines for) external funding opportunities for research, training, and services through COS.
  • Guides faculty in the preparation of proposal applications, including budgets, to ensure conformity with university policy, sponsor criteria, and federal, state and local regulations;
  • Reviews proposals from an editorial perspective and provides feedback as needed to ensure a quality proposal is submitted in the University's name.
  • Negotiates terms and conditions of grants and contracts, in coordination with the principal investigator, and prepares such grants and contracts for acceptance by the Director of Sponsored Programs who is authorized to commit the university to the performance of the proposed projects;
  • Coordinates compliance with federal and District of Columbia regulations and university policies including routing and approval of federal proposals;
  • Prepares award congratulations letters for all awards for distribution to appropriate faculty and staff; Maintains official university files of proposals to the federal government, some annual reports, prior approval of budget revisions under expanded authorities, and final reports requiring the signature of an authorized institutional official.
  • Facilitates projects for adherence to sponsor terms and conditions, including rebudgeting actions, and requests for extensions, continuations, supplements or renewals of existing awards;
  • Assists in matters relating to patents, copyrights, and publication agreements;
  • Directs faculty in compliance with sponsor requirements regarding the administrative close-out of awards, and Serves as official liaison between the university and the sponsor.


The Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs reports to the Associate Provost for Research. Although located within RGS, the OSP is a faculty and professional staff service serving the entire campus community.


Christine C. A. Katsapis, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Research

Audrey L. Wineglass Foster,Assistant Director

Ashuantay Houston, Senior Grants Specialist

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