Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

Fall 2020

This fall, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will be operating virtually during the hours of 8:30 - 5:00.  We are available for Blackboard meetings and phone calls, and face-to-face meetings are available upon request. 


Feel free to drop in during our Open Office Hours:

1. Grants and Contracts: questions and assistance with proposal and budget development.

Mondays 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm                   Wednesdays  10:00 am - Noon

Link: ORSP Open Office Hours  (remember to use Google Chrome!)


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

Tuesdays  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm                 Thursdays 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Link: Research Compliance Open Office Hours  (remember to use Google Chrome!)

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, 2020.
  • 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.

2019-2020 Contract & Grant Awardees

Academic Affairs

$5,000 Jessie Ball DuPont Fund

Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences

Dr. Megan Bewernitz, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy

Brooks Rehab $6,471

Dr. Heather Hausenblas, Professor of Kinesiology

NexQuest $7,578

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 

Clear Choice Healthcare $162,000

Healthcare Simulation Center $15,700

College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Gretchen Bielmyer-Fraser, Associate Professor of Chemistry 

New York Aquarium $7,600

Dr. Robert Kelly, Assistant Professor of Education/TSOL

The Schultz Center for Teaching & Leadership $12,032

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. Jeremy Stalker, Associate Professor of Marine Science

Fidelity Foundation $213,795

Dr. Huihui Wang, Associate Professor of Engineering

Johnson & Johnson Vision Care $13,754

STEAM Institute

VentureWell $29,995