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Office of Sponsored Programs

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) offers expertise and comprehensive assistance in external funding acquisition, proposal development, budgeting, compliance, and contractual agreements.

OSP ensures seamless alignment with federal, state, and institutional regulations, supporting Principal Investigators and their project teams in navigating the complexities of the Sponsored Project Life Cycle.

Providing guidance throughout the sponsored program process

At Boise State University, the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) plays a vital role in supporting principal investigators and their projects’ life cycles. Working hand-in-hand with principal investigators, business managers, and their college and departmental administrative staff, OSP offers specialized assistance to navigate the journey within the life cycle of the ecosystem.

Research and Creative Activity Ecosystem: OSP Expertise

OSP interacts with researchers in the Research and Creative Activity Ecosystem during steps 3-6 through its Pre-Award, Contracting, and Post-Award Teams

Contributions to the Research Ecosystem

OSP’s Contributions to the Research Ecosystem includes:

  • Expert Guidance: Providing comprehensive support in proposal submission, budgeting, compliance, contractual agreements, and award management.
  • Regulatory Alignment: Ensuring sponsored project activities adhere to federal, state, and institutional regulations and policies.
  • Integral Support: Dedicated to facilitating successful external funding acquisition and assisting throughout various phases of project life cycles, fostering successful outcomes.

We’ve honed the life cycle into seven steps. Do you need full support along the way? Follow the path that takes you from start to finish. But for those who need support in one, two, or a few of these steps, we’ve built a system that allows you to choose your own adventure. Jump into any of these steps as you need them.

Click below to learn more about our ecosystem or let’s have a conversation to help you get started.

Research and Creative Activity Ecosystem

FAQs about the Transition to the New Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Rates

Newly approved Facilities and Administrative (F&A) rates take effect on July 1, 2024. Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page to learn how the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is implementing the new rates into proposals, new awards, and existing awards. Contact OSP for assistance at

View 2024 F&A rate information here
Are you a Principal Investigator? Read below

Welcome, Principal Investigators

Discover your role and responsibilities in sponsored projects on the Investigators page. Access tools and resources for streamlined submission, acceptance, management, and closure of sponsored project awards.

Learn more about Principal Investigators
Learn about the role of the Business Manager below

Hello, Business Managers

Business Managers (BMs) collectively oversee the college and departmental aspects of a Principal Investigator’s work, playing a crucial role in project support.

Access quick links and tools for Business Managers by clicking the button below.

Visit Business Managers Page
What is the role of a Recharge Center?

Recharge Centers

Recharge Centers play a crucial role in our University’s academic and research landscape, providing access to advanced technologies and services beyond the means of individual investigators, often financially and technically.

Click here to explore policies, procedures, and a list of approved university recharge centers.

Learn More About Recharge Centers

Effort Reporting

Effort reporting involves quantifying the time dedicated to specific activities, expressed as a percentage of an individual’s total work-related hours compensated by the University. It confirms to federal granting agencies that the committed effort outlined in the award conditions has been fulfilled.

Feel assured: OSP offers valuable information and guidance throughout the effort reporting process. Learn more about it below.

Explore Effort Reporting Details


Our forms and guides are now on the division-wide Forms and Resources page. Please contact us with additional questions, and learn more about us here.