Departmental Research Administrators

As a departmental research administrator, you play a pivotal role in the facilitation of research, supporting and providing guidance on the administrative aspects of the project. You will typically serve in the role of liaison to Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) for the Principal Investigator (PI), allowing the PI to focus more on the science of the project rather than on administrative tasks, such as creating budgets and completing forms. OSP is here to assist you along the way, and we are committed to helping you find the resources you need to assist researchers in navigating through the proposal and award process.

  • Research Toolkit
    OSP has developed a new online guide, the “Research Toolkit”, to assist MSU research personnel in navigating the research enterprise. The toolkit addresses the steps involved with submitting, conducting, closing and disseminating results of a research study. It also includes links to institutional, state and federal resources and regulations.
  • Departmental Administrators Working Group (DAWG)
    The Departmental Administrator Working Group (DAWG) provides participants a nine-month curriculum designed to develop their sponsored project administration skills and foster networking opportunities with their campus peers. The primary goal of DAWG is the development and application of knowledge and skills in the area of sponsored project administration. DAWG participants are chosen through a competitive nomination and selection process. Applications for this program are typically available during the summer.
  • OSP Listserv
    Stay informed with the latest updates on changes in process, policies, or regulations by signing up for our OSP Listserv. To subscribe, send "subscribe OSP-update ” in the body of an email message to Replace [name] with your first and last name.
  • Professional Organizations
    Two of the more commonly known professional organizations for research administration are the National Council of University Research Administrators and the Society for Research Administrators Both organizations provide multiple learning opportunities, including workshops and annual meetings.

We are continually seeking ways in which we can minimize or eliminate barriers to research productivity. Our goal is to make the proposal and award process as easy as possible for you and your PIs, and we welcome your feedback and suggestions on how we can do so. If there are ways we can better serve you, please contact the OSP Director Tina Hood.