Welcome to the Office of Sponsored and Student Research!

The Office of Sponsored and Student Research (OSSR) at Valparaiso University assists the campus community in identifying and acquiring funding from outside sources for research, instructional, and public service programs. OSSR services include funding opportunity searches, narrative development and review, budget development, and post-award grant administration.  Our office also oversees the administration of sponsored projects, grants, contracts, fellowships, and other agreements from government agencies, private industry, and nonprofit funding agencies.

What is a Sponsored Project?

A sponsored project is generally defined as any externally funded research or scholarly activity that has a defined scope of work or set of objectives, which provides a basis for sponsor expectations. Examples include projects that are:

  • Research
  • Demonstration
  • Professional development
  • Instruction, training, curriculum development
  • Community and public service
  • Other scholarly activity involving funds, materials, other forms of compensation, or exchanges of in-kind efforts under awards or agreements.

Internal Grant Review Process

This graphic provides an overview of Valpo’s internal grant review process.  Please note that the process begins with the PI completing the GPAF form.  Similar processes apply to contracts, fellowships and other sponsored activities.