Welcome to the
Sponsored Programs Office

Welcome to the Sponsored Programs Office, the Central Office for Research Administration in the School of Medicine.

The Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) is an administrative unit within the School of Medicine (SOM) under the purview of the Vice Dean for Research. SPO is fully committed to supporting the research mission of the School and protecting the overall interest and integrity of the University and School of Medicine. Our goal is to offer the highest level of customer service and research administration expertise.

The SPO staff function as a team responsible for the review, approval and submission of the SOM grant proposals to the NIH, foundations and non-profit organizations providing final university signature on behalf of the Chancellor.  The SOM researchers typically initiate approximately 50% of all grant proposals submitted from the University.

The SPO serves in a supporting role to the SOM departments, centers and programs. We conduct a careful review/analysis of proposals and work with the administering units to ensure adherence to all relevant policies of the University and funding agencies and compliance with any applicable State or Federal regulations. Our team also reviews/submits JIT materials and corresponds with the sponsoring agency representatives to provide information as required.

Training and overview for the SOM grant staff, business administrators and investigators in the development of proposal budgets, regulatory matters, processing requirements and agency updates is provided on request.  We are currently working to provide tools through this website to aid our SOM colleagues with their pre-award administration responsibilities.

The SPO works in close collaboration with the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) with regard to all facets of pre-award administration.

University policies for sponsored research and other pertinent information for proposal development and internal processing requirements can be found on the website of the Office of Sponsored Research.

If you are new to the School of Medicine, we welcome you and ask that you contact us at grants@unc.edu to be added to our SOM email list and schedule a visit to meet our staff.


Our Team’s Phone & Email list