Award management is often referred to as the "post-award" stage of the research lifecycle in research administration. When Ohio State submits proposals and accepts awards for funded sponsored projects, the university assumes financial and legal obligations. Ultimately, the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) accepts sponsor funds on behalf of the university and the researcher.
Throughout the life of the award, OSP provides guidance to assure proper stewardship of funds received from a sponsor and works closely with faculty and department administrators to ensure financial compliance and proper accounting. However, award management is a shared responsibility in which each party has specific responsibilities in ensuring that the work is conducted and the funds are used in accordance with all sponsor and university requirements. Explore the topics below for details intended to guide the process from award acceptance and initiation to award closeout.