Sponsored Projects Administration

  • Dr. Dhananjay Tambe, second from left, an assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering and Pharmacology, worked with engineering students, from left, Cassandra Chapman, Brandon Stokley and Quentin Morris to develop the “Tighten It” smart drill prototype. Chapman and Stokley gratudated in May, 2018.
  • Senior Chemistry students Madison McBroom (l), of Huntsville and Amanda Turner of Cantonment, FL, listen as Dr. William Reichert talks about their research with ionic liquids in the field of 3D printing.
  • Dr. Jingshan Huang, left, professor of Computer Sciences, and Dr. Glen Borchert, an assistant professor of Pharmacology and Biology, are two USA researchers working in the field for informatics. The two have collaborated on projects.


Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) is a service office assisting University investigators.  Major functions of this office include:

  • Final review of proposals for completeness and compliance as required by Cayuse and University guidelines
  • Maintenance and campus ownership of the University's electronic research administration system, including institutional approvals and submissions
  • Non-financial management of awards, including award  negotiation, subawards, post-award revisions, and project closeout at the conclusion of sponsorship

As an institution of higher education, the University of South Alabama has a major responsibility to engage in programs of scholarly research and training. Projects in progress at any one time cover the spectrum of the academic interests of University faculty and administration and represent the continuing growth of the University’s expertise in the arts, education, humanities, medicine, and the sciences.

SPA functions to support faculty research through the attraction of nationally competitive research and other sponsored program awards. The term "sponsored projects" refers to the externally-funded activities undertaken by faculty and/or administration to advance the mission of the University of South Alabama.

You are encouraged to use the resources available on the SPA web site and to maintain contact with College/Departmental Grants Administrators or the SPA staff to provide answers to your proposal-specific questions.

Research administration involves a number of University offices.  Information on post-award financial administration, research compliance, and research development can be found at the Offices of Grants and Contracts Accounting, Research Compliance and Assurance, and Research Communication, Development, and Learning.  (For information on sponsored activity at the University of South Alabama, please visit Research Reports.)