University of New Mexico Office of Sponsored Projects


Our mission is to provide the University of New Mexico’s research community with professional expertise and quality customer service in the pursuit and management of external funding. We aspire to further this mission by being a resource to support the Research Strategic Plan and embracing the transparency and compliance aspects of our charge.

OSP team
OSP Org Chart
What Do We Do?
Sponsored Projects Life Cycle
Proposals, Awards and Contracts

Proposal Submissions

We make sure that the proposal is complete and aligned with the RFP, UNM policies and State and Federal regulations and laws.

Provide technical assistance on policies, procedures, laws and guidelines

Review/Approve budgets

Assist with responding to sponsor requests for additional information: JIT Information, revised budgets, etc.

What are some of the things we review in a proposal?

Budget accuracy and justification (Including Indirect Costs)

Conflict of Interest



Intellectual Property

Limited Submissions

Principal Investigator Status

Award Setups

The process of managing sponsored projects is a shared responsibility between the PI, the department, the Office of Sponsored Projects and Contracts & Grants Accounting. Each has unique areas of primary responsibility.

Incoming funding is reviewed for terms and conditions then processed with Contract and Grant Accounting to setup an index and other internal mechanisms.

What are some of the things we review in AN INCOMING AWARD?

Proposed Terms and Condition

Project Dates


Cost Share and Program Income

Billing, Invoicing and Payments

Carry Forward

Contract Negotiations

Negotiated to adhere to UNM policies and State and Federal regulations. Compliance involves everyone!


Compliance is vast and multi faceted. Our aim is to make it an easy process for the PI's while still protecting our interests. We are the front line in protecting you by ensuring that your project is compliant with all internal and external requirements.

In a perfect world, it would just be about your research....
Budgets, Deadlines, Reports and Compliance

Our goal is to reduce PI burden by providing resources and support in critical stages of the project lifecycle.

The eight fundamental responsibilities of the PI during the post-award phase include:
  1. Executing the project as outlined in the funded proposal, using sound management techniques
  2. Authorizing only those expenditures that are reasonable and necessary to accomplish the project goals and are consistent with the sponsor’s terms and conditions
  3. Spending no more than the amount authorized by the sponsor for the budget period
  4. Carrying out the project’s financial plan as presented in the funded proposal, or make changes to the plan following a prescribed set of policies and procedures
  5. Reporting project progress to the sponsor as outlined in the terms of the award
  6. Reviewing expenditures in a timely fashion to assure their appropriateness and correctness
  7. Complying with all University policies and procedures related to project management and personnel practices
  8. Complying with all applicable sponsor rules, regulations and/or terms and conditions of the award

OSP and FRDO Staff

We are here to help!
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