Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Administration

*OSPRA will continue to serve all faculty, staff, and students via socially distanced in-person visits – both scheduled and walk-ins – as well as by phone (229.249.2614) and email (  Our office hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00a – 5:00p; and Friday, 8:00a – 3:00p.  Team members are working a staggered office schedule, including telework, and we encourage you to call to call first before visiting.  We will make every effort to return phone calls and emails within 24 hours.  IRBs will be reviewed and returned within 5-8 business days.  More information on VSU’s status and response is available here:*

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The purpose of the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Administration is to protect the integrity and standing of the institution, faculty, staff, and students by guarding and maintaining research compliance; federal, state, local, and institutional mandates; and regulations, guidelines, and policies.

Mission Statement:

The role of the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Administration is to support faculty, staff, and students in the acquisition and administration of externally funded projects and programs, the ethical conduct of research, and the development of internal and exterior research collaborations to advance the mission of Valdosta State University.  


Our central vision is to significantly grow the portfolio of externally funded grants and contracts for Valdosta State University.  OSPRA will achieve this by partnering with our creative and dynamic faculty as well as community partners and other institutions of higher education.  We envision an institution in which all undergraduates as well as graduate students can engage in a meaningful research experience mentored by a faculty member.  We strive to support research projects and creative works at not only the embryonic stage of development but also the stages of presentation, publication and proposal development / submission to funding entities.  


Our guiding value in the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Administration (OSPRA) is to serve our faculty and students in the pursuit of their research and creative works.  We endeavor to promote scholarship that makes an original contribution and promotes the economic development, intellectual capital, health care, or public administration of our state, region or nation.  We are committed to promoting the ethical principles and research integrity of all scholarship conducted on our campus.  


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