Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

2021 - 2022  Welcome!

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will be operating both in-person and virtually during the hours of 8:30 - 5:00 for the fall and spring semesters. We are ready and happy to meet with you in-person, virtually, or by phone.

For one-on-one personalized assistance, please contact us to make an appointment during our office hours.  If you are unable to meet during these times, please let us know and we will work around your schedule!

Grants and Contracts, Intellectual Property, EPIC: Send us an appointment request at

Research Compliance: questions related to resuming in-person research and preparing to submit an IRB/IACUC proposal.  Send us an appointment request:

Our Mission

The mission of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is to advance JU’s engagement in research, scholarship, and innovation.

The ORSP partners with members of the JU community in the pursuit and administration of funding for sponsored programs to expand knowledge, enhance teaching and service activities, direct innovative projects and research, and institute meaningful and progressive change. The office oversees a variety of functional areas, including research compliance, pre-award and non-financial post-award. It ensures activities align to the standards of conduct expected by federal, state and local governing bodies, and those that represent the values of JU.

Key External Deadlines

  • NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA):  February 25, June 25, and October 25.
  • NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER): New deadline to be announced by NSF.
  • NSF Facilitating Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions: Accepted anytime.

About the Office

What does “Research and Sponsored Programs” include?

  • All research, scholarship, education, public service and creative activity, regardless of discipline.
  • All funds applied for and/or awarded from outside the University as a Grant or a Contract or other Sponsored Agreement.

What does the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs do?

  • Reporting to the Provost, the ORSP serves every faculty member in every academic discipline and research area.
  • The Office provides support in pre-award, limited non-financial post-award, technology transfer, and compliance oversight.

The ORSP is:

  • The only administrative unit authorized by the University to review and submit funding proposals, and negotiate the terms of grant and contract awards made to the institution. Any award made to the University may only be accepted by the President, Provost or Chief Financial Officer.
  • The designated administrative unit to JU's Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The committees are charged with ensuring that research conducted at the University follows the requirements and guidelines set forth by federal, state and local governments for the protection of human subjects and the ethical use of animals.

Please note: For planning purposes, be advised that the ORSP does not submit proposals on weekends, holidays, or after 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  Further, all proposals for external funding, regardless of dollar amount, must:

  • Be reviewed by the ORSP a minimum of 5 days before the due date.
  • Have institutional approval prior to being submitted to a funding agency.

JU reserves the right to reject an award if the project has not been properly routed and vetted by Administration prior to its submission.

Recent Contract & Grant Awardees

Academic Affairs

$5,000 Jessie Ball DuPont Fund

Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences

Dr. Roberta Christopher, Assistant Professor of Nursing

Northeast Healthy Start Coalition $18,960

Dr. Lila de Tantillo, Assistant Professor of Nursing

RJWF (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) Alumni Network Activation Fund $6,832

Riverside Hospital Foundation $90,000

Dr. Heather Hausenblas, Professor of Kinesiology

NexQuest $49,866

Dr. David Hooper, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

Liteboxer Technologies Inc. $16,508

Dr. Natalie Indelicato, Assistant Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Association of Child and Adolescent Counseling $350

Dr. Kathleen Kavanagh, Assistant Professor and Director of Simulation Training and Applied Research 

Home Instead Senior Care $1,750

Healthcare Simulation Center $15,700

Dr. Sawsan Tabbaa, Clinical Associate Professor of Orthodontics

Align Technologies, $24,977

Dr. Isil Aras, Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthodontics

        American Association of Orthodontists Foundation $20,000

Dr. Laurie Buschini, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing

       The Chatlos Foundation, $7,500

Dr. Hilary Morgan, Director of Graduate Nursing Programs and Professor of Nursing

      Health Resources & Services Administration, $187,682

College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. John Enz, Professor of Biology

U.S. Department of the Interior $51,577

Dr. Gerry Pinto, Associate Research Scientist

City of Jacksonville $311,863

Dr. Lena Schulze, Biology & Marine Science Assistant Professor 

Florida State University $11,858

Dr. Colleen Wilson, School of Education

The Joy McCann Foundation $14,725

 Dr. Mini Zeng, Associate Professor of Computer Science

National Science Foundation $943,266

Marine Science Institute

Dr. Quinton White, Professor of Biology, Marine Science

      Groundwork Jacksonville $18,036

Public Policy Institute

 Dr. Rody Borg, Professor of Economics and Public Policy

      Jacksonville Civic Counsel $26,680

STEAM Institute

VentureWell $29,99551