Research Lifecycle

Sponsored Programs Administration has adopted a lifecycle management approach to research administration. This means that teams within our office are organized to manage proposals from the proposal stage of a project through to termination, or closeout, of an award. This comprehensive approach helps the teams to better understand the entire cycle of an award in all of its stages, rather than only gaining familiarity with one phase.

Identify Funding Opportunity

Find internal/external resources and links to funding opportunities for supporting your research.

Develop a Proposal

Once a funding opportunity has been screened for both PI and institutional eligibility, the development of a complete proposal will include adhering to sponsor content and format specifications, complying with UTSW requirements, obtaining necessary campus approvals, and transmitting the compiled proposal to SPA for review and submission.

Award Acceptance

Once a notice of grant award (NOGA) is received, it is normally sent to Sponsored Programs Administration as the authorized university office to receive and accept award notices on behalf of the university. If a Principal Investigator receives an NOGA directly, he or she should forward it to SPA for review, negotiation, acceptance, and award setup.

Award Management

Effective award management supports the PI in accomplishing the statement of work on time, within budget, and in compliance with University policy and sponsor regulations.

Award Closeout

SPA assists principal investigators and departments in meeting the terms and conditions of sponsored projects, by monitoring expenditures for compliance. When an award is ending, SPA works with the PI/Department to ensure all appropriate expenses have been applied before preparing final financial reports and closing out the account.