Ensures award compliance with relevant regulations
Proposal review and submission
Award negotiation and management
Financial Reporting and Cash Management
Cost analysis and research service center (recharge) rate development
Time and effort reporting monitoring and oversight
Oversight of regulatory compliance
Training and development for research administration personnel
The Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) is an administrative unit within SOM that supports the research mission of the School and protects the overall interest and integrity of SOM. A few of the processes handled by SPO are listed below.
Review, approval and submission of the SOM grant proposals to the NIH and non-profit organizations
Provide information about the University, state and agency policies, regulations and procedures
Reviews and submits JIT materials, NIH progress reports and NIH grant closeout technical reports
Corresponds with the sponsoring agency representatives
Approves cost share supported by the SOM Dean’s office for proposals seeking extramural sponsored funding.
The following offices are essential for agreements, protocol approval, and other administrative support.
The Office of Clinical Trials (OCT) is a central resource for faculty, staff and departments involved in clinical trials research and for sponsors seeking to conduct clinical trials at UNC.
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) oversees UNC’s animal care and use program and is responsible for reviewing all animal care applications using vertebrate animals, ensuring compliance with federal regulations, inspecting animal facilities and overseeing training and educational programs.
The Office of Technology Commercialization handles the translation and commercialization of UNC inventions and technologies into meaningful products and services. This office is responsible for handling UNC’s intellectual property portfolio.
The Office of Research Development (ORD) supports UNC faculty pursuing convergence science and culture of innovation by providing several key resources that enhance grant competitiveness. ORD facilities project ideation, resource identification, and multidisciplinary team formation.
UNC Environment Health and Safety (EHS) provides a safe environment for UNC through education, training, consultation, recognizing and controlling health and safety hazards, and ensuring regulatory compliance and minimizing potential liabilities.
The Office of Research (OoR) supports SOM research, and is involved in the infrastructure, communication and development necessary for the growing research needs. OoR can also provide grant proposal assistance (provide link to https://www.med.unc.edu/oor/research/grant-prep-assistance/ ), such as resource language and T32 tables and information.
The following offices and websites provide important policy information for UNC SOM faculty members.
The Research Compliance Program strives to promote best practices and ethical behavior of faculty activities by anticipating risk and encouraging strong stewardship and management accountability at all levels. This program is the home for the Conflict of Interest program (provide link to https://research.unc.edu/coi/ ).
The University and Administrative Policies website contains access to both University (broad application throughout the university) and Administrative (general application to members of the university community developed by a department of unit) policies.
The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is a source of information to encourage success among UNC postdoctoral scholars. Faculty members can also find Postdoctoral Scholars Policies (provide link to https://research.unc.edu/postdoctoral-affairs/mentors-and-staff/resources-for-mentors/) through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.
The SOM Office for Medical Student Research assists students and their mentors to find and participate in research experiences. This website contains a wealth of information for faculty members, including important policies for students participated in the Carolina Medical Student Research Program