Office of Sponsored Project Administration
UTSA's vision is to be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment. As part of this vision, UTSA encourages an environment of dialogue and discovery, where the values of integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.
The Office of Sponsored Project Administration (OSPA) manages sponsored projects which are moving UTSA towards being a premier public research university. Reflecting this goal and UTSA's own values, the following values are built into the daily operations of OSPA:
High Performance: Members of the OSPA staff perform their duties in an efficient, accurate, and professional manner. Central to high performance is clear communication, effective follow-up and attention to detail.
Caring Attitude towards Faculty and Staff: Members of the OSPA staff follow UTSA's "Do the Right Thing" standard of conduct. They treat all faculty and staff with respect and consideration.
Sense of Uniqueness and Pride: OSPA has a unique and central role in furthering the sponsored projects enterprise, and accomplishes this by adding value and quality to everything they do. OSPA provides solutions to the challenges faced by researchers.
Partnership with Faculty and Staff: Members of the OSPA staff value open communication, building solid relationships, teamwork and furthering collaboration.
Excellent Service: OSPA staff realizes that the success of researchers is their success as well. Because of this they strive to provide superior and increasingly high levels of support to faculty and staff involved in the sponsored projects enterprise.
NSF Revised Merit Review Criteria Resources for the External Community
Effective January 14, 2013, the National Science Foundation will implement revised merit review criteria based on the National Science Board (NSB) report, National Science Foundation's Merit Review Criteria: Review and Revisions. While the two merit review criteria remain unchanged (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts), guidance has been provided to clarify and improve the function of the criteria. Revisions based on the NSB report have been incorporated into the Foundation's policies and procedures manuals, websites, and systems. Proposers should familiarize themselves with the Merit Review Principles and Criteria described in GPG Chapter III.A. Read more...
New Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Cost Rate Agreement
NIH Posts Grant Writing Podcasts
The National Institutes of Health recently posted new "all about grants" podcasts, which address "navigating through" a funding opportunity to be sure no details are missed and essential elements of writing a cover letter to go with the grant application. The podcasts are described as "conversations with NIH staff members...designed for investigators, fellows, students, research administrators, and others" and provided by the Office of Extramural Research. In the podcasts, updated every other week, staff "provide insights on grant topics from those who live and breathe the information."