Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) & Research Development

Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) & Research Development

East Hill Plaza
373 Pine Tree Road
Ithaca, NY 14850-2820
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Contact Info: 607-255-5014 (p) | 607-255-5058 (f) |


OSP oversees the administration of sponsored programs at Cornell University including sponsored research, instruction, and extension. OSP operates through delegation of authority from the University Board of Trustees as a unit of the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI). Grant and Contract Officers (GCOs) in OSP are authorized to sign and submit proposals to sponsors. GCOs in the research offices of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Veterinary Medicine have limited transaction authority to sign and submit proposals where the terms and conditions are compliant with Cornell policy. Only OSP GCOs are authorized to negotiate and sign awards, contracts, incoming material transfer agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and restricted access datasets for Cornell sponsored projects.

OSP offers a wide range of services including:

  • Reviewing and submitting proposals
  • Liaising with sponsors on behalf of PIs and units
  • Grant award negotiation and acceptance
  • Contract negotiation (e.g., non-disclosure agreements, material transfer agreements, etc.)
  • Post-award changes (e.g., rebudgeting, non-cost extension, award transfer, etc.)
  • Award close-out (non-financial)
  • Sponsored project data collection
  • Education, professional development, and outreach