Office of Sponsored Programs & Research Administration

Faculty member working with students in a lab.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Sponsored Programs & Research Administration (OSPRA) is to support the University community in the following areas: the acquisition of external funding and administration of externally funded projects, the ethical conduct of research, and developing internal and external research collaborations to advance the mission of the University.  OSPRA balances facilitating extramural sponsorship of research, instruction, and service activities with the priorities and stewardship expectations of the institution, governmental entities, sponsors, and the public.  OSPRA strives to provide excellent customer service, and, in collaboration with other University offices, continually seeks ways to improve services and streamline administrative processes.


  • Provide assistance to faculty and staff in obtaining and managing sponsored projects by: identifying external funding opportunities to support research and creative activities, instructional programs, and service projects; preparing and submitting grant proposals and contract bids; negotiating and accepting awards and modifications; and issuing subawards;
  • Resolve issues that may arise in the conduct of sponsored projects, either with sponsors or with administrative offices within the University;
  • Ensure the ethical conduct of research at VSU through administration of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the protection of human research participants and the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) as well as by assisting in the implementation of other research related institutional policies; 
  • Administer the internal Faculty Research Seed Grant Program to promote research, scholarship, and the pursuit of extramural funding; and
  • Promote collaborations between the University, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and business and industry to encourage and facilitate sponsored activities. 

OSPRA Staff and Contact Information

Campus Location:  Converse Building (formerly Psychology Building), 3rd Floor

Interim Director

Elizabeth W. (Ann) Olphie 333-7837   Rm 3106

Research Compliance 

Portia Twidt 259-5045   Rm 3102

Graduate Assistant

Omar Cormack   Rm 3118






Mailing Address

1500 North Patterson Street 
Valdosta, GA 31698-0200

Shipping Address

Office of Sponsored Programs & Research Administration
Valdosta State University    
1500 North Patterson Street
Converse Building, Suite 3100    
Valdosta, GA 31698

Office email:
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