Sponsored Programs and Research Administration

Sponsored Programs and Research Administration (SPRA) is a department under academic affairs that serves the entire campus community. Our mission is to offer service and support to all administrators, faculty and staff in seeking external funding for special academic programs, community projects, curriculum development, professional development, research, and outside collaboration. 

SPRA strives to ensure the university is in compliance with the complex web of regulatory requirements that govern research. We promote an understanding among faculty, students and staff of the requirements they must complete in conducting research. Whether you are pursuing external funding or planning a research project, we have found through our experience that communication is the key to success. We urge you to communicate with us early to ensure a smooth process.

Please note that several approvals must be obtained before any proposal may be submitted. A completed preliminary form is required and approval signatures from the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Administration, your area head/dean, area vice presidents (based on type of in-kind funds/match), and the Provost. We will guide you through this process, as needed. All grant documents, including proposal abstract, narrative, budget and this completed preliminary form, must be submitted to sponsored programs and research administration at least ten (10) business days prior to the proposal due date in order to ensure a timely submission of the proposal.

Research administration ensures the ethical conduct of research at Salem State through the administration of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the protection of human subjects research, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) other compliance policies. Some of the ways in which Sponsored Programs can support community members include:

  • Search for potential funding sources and obtain application information and materials
  • With specific content provided, writing of draft and final proposals with principal investigator (PI) or writing team
  • Advice and assistance regarding sufficient timing and planning to obtain final approval signatures and documents
  • Guidance, information and contacts for budget development, campus collaboration, facilities, etc., for project planning

Individuals wishing to access the  American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Grants Resource Center (GRC) faculty alert system which enables researchers and administrators to set up alerts on-line to receive periodic notification of appropriate federal and private funding opportunities may contact Elaine Milo at extension 8031 to obtain login information.