Offices and Services

Division of Sponsored Programs (DSP)

DSP facilitates institutional approval for all extramural proposal submissions, accepts and administers grant awards, and negotiates contracts and other research-related agreements on behalf of the University of Florida.

Proposal Preparation & Submissions

DSP staff review, facilitate and approve submission of proposals to federal, state, corporate, and other funding agencies on behalf of the University of Florida. DSP staff serve as a campus resource for guidance and answers to questions relating to your proposal, budgeting, and and compliance with federal, state, university and sponsor regulations.

Award Negotiation and Acceptance 

DSP staff review, negotiate and facilitate the acceptance of all grants, contracts, awards, non-disclosure agreements, data use agreements, and other agreements or documents relating to research, training and other sponsored programs on behalf of the University of Florida.


DSP’s Contracting Office is responsible for negotiating all federal contracts, industry awards and international awards.

Award Management

DSP staff prepare, validate and finalize the UFIRST-Award that sets post-award activity into motion. In addition, staff review and approve UFIRST-Award Modifications such as pre-award costs, temporary projects, no cost extensions, carryover of unobligated balances, change in scope of work, change of PI and key personnel, CAS exemptions, rebudgeting, and grant relinquishments.

Outgoing Subawards

DSP’s Outgoing Subaward Team works closely with Principal Investigators and their staff to ensure a proper outgoing subaward or subcontract is prepared and executed between UF and the collaborating institution.

Research Compliance

The Research Compliance departments assure that the University of Florida consistently conducts research in compliance with established federal, state and local rules, regulations, policies and procedures. This includes financial, safety, and human/animal subjects compliance.

Program Development

The Division of Research Program Development identifies and publishes new funding opportunities for faculty seeking funding. It coordinates the annual Research Opportunity Seed Fund program, as well as the selection of UF’s nominees to limited submission programs. This division assists in planning and coordinating large interdisciplinary research initiatives, and in preparing grants involving multiple schools, colleges, divisions, or institutions to support new research programs at UF.

Research Communications

The Office of Research Communications promotes research and graduate education at the University of Florida to both internal and external audiences through such vehicles as the Explore research magazine. The office also provides editorial and graphic design services to other research units.

Office of Technology Licensing (OTL)

The Office of Technology Licensing (OTL) at the University of Florida works with UF employee inventors with potentially patentable or copyrightable technologies and to facilitate the transfer of technologies created at UF to the commercial sector for public benefit. They are dedicated to assisting employees who feel they have something new and useful, that is potentially patentable or copyrightable.

Business Operations

The Business Operations departments within the Office of Research include the: