Sponsored Research at the University of Pittsburgh
Research is the foundation of a successful learning environment for faculty and students. Through research, the University fulfills its responsibility to advance the state of knowledge, creative endeavors, and the practice of professions that serve a diverse society.
The outstanding quality and breadth of involvement in our research efforts are hallmarks of the University of Pittsburgh. In federal and foundation sponsored research, Pitt ranks near the top nationally with over half a billion dollars in sponsored project support awarded annually (University of Pittsburgh, Office of the Provost website).
The Grants Management team, similar to the other two processing teams of the Office of Sponsored Programs, allocates new requests for award reviews on a constituency basis. Each department is assigned a Grants and Contracts Officer, who is responsible for the review and negotiation of awards for that department. This approach allows each Officer to become familiar with the departments he/she is responsible for and the specific types of research these departments conduct. Likewise, this distribution of assignments builds rapport between the faculty and departmental research administrators and our Grants and Contract Officers.