Faculty & Staff Research 

The mission of Fisk University is to “provides a rich academic experience steeped in the liberal arts tradition. Our faculty, staff and students exhibit a passion for learning and personal growth. We are committed to ethical leadership and engagement in our local and global communities.” To fulfill this mission, a goal of the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) was identified as:

“To encourage the creation of new knowledge through research and scholarly activity of faculty and advanced students.”

Sponsored programs are projects and/or activities originated and conducted by members of the faculty and staff members. Program funding is usually obtained from government sources, but the private sector or joint academic ventures may also provide funding opportunities.

In the fulfillment of its duties, the Office of Sponsored Program serves as a liaison and facilitator among investigators, Fisk University administration, and funding agencies to assure the effective application for and administration of research and programmatic grants. The OSP is committed to serve its constituents in a professional manner. Its responsibilities include, although are not limited to the following:

  • alerts investigators and administrative staff regarding sponsored funding opportunities
  • helps individuals with proposal preparation, interpretation of guidelines, policies and regulations
  • negotiates/mediates with funding agencies and subcontractors to reach agreements satisfactory to sponsor, faculty and the University [a shared responsibility with the Vice-President for Financial Affairs]
  • for purposes of clarity, it reviews, revises and approves proposals to comply with Fisk policies and adherence to agency guidelines
  • aids investigators and staff with budget preparation
  • maintains reference books and brochures describing sponsor organizations and their guidelines
  • maintains pre-award proposal files, provides management information regarding pending and awarded grants and contracts, as well as federal budget and administrative rule changes
  • obtains authorized signatures for the sign off sheet for all applications
  • copies and mails completed applications to appropriate agencies
  • notifies authors of receipt of proposals by agencies
  • provides a completed copy of the proposal to the principal investigator (PI)
  • searches for grant opportunities (over a period of time) for a PI that has indicated a specific area of interest
  • comes to faculty offices to show interested individuals how to search for funding sources
  • publishes a newsletter at least once per semester
  • conducts workshops, seminars, etc. for groups ranging in size from small interest groups (two or three faculty interested in a particular area) to a Division or entire faculty and staff
  • assists faculty in the post-award phases of grant administration including the establishment of expenditure accounts, timely submission of reports, and grant close-out
  • oversees contract compliance (financial, reporting, management, deliverables, and other requirements)
  • maintains and records data concerning funded research