Offices and Services
The Division of Sponsored Research (DSR) was established in 1962 by an act of the Florida Legislature to facilitate, manage, stimulate and expand a balanced research program at the University of Florida. DSR 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 Processing and Preaward Services within DSR reviews, approves, and submits all proposal documents to external sponsors. It negotiates research agreements with external sponsors and subrecipient organizations, including agreements where no money is changing hands. This department serves as a campus resource for guidance and answers to questions relating to your proposal, budgeting, contract negotiations, and more. It also provides UF authorized approval and signature on anything related to research and training activities.
The Award Administration Department within DSR prepares and issues the Notification of Acceptance (NOA), the official internal award document that sets post-award activity into motion. It reviews and approves award modifications, as well as prepares and issues subawards and subcontracts to outside parties (subrecipients). This department approves internally or submits to sponsors, requests for 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, relinquishments. It also serves as a campus resource for guidance and answers to questions relating to your award and provides UF authorized approval and signature on anything related to research and training activities.
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.
The Program Development Office 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 application programs. This department 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.
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.
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.
The Business Operations departments within the Office of Research include the: