The Grants and Sponsored Programs Office assists investigators in their endeavors to obtain extramural funding for research and training from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other funding sources. Staff members ensure that grant applications and progress reports meet funding agency guidelines and federal regulations. Grants and Contract Management staff members also handle all pre-award and post-award administrative activities. Financial matters are handled by the Grants Accounting Section of Financial Services.

Pre-award activities

  • Assist with the grant application process, most particularly budget preparation, and provide information for application form pages
  • Ensure compliance of proposals with institutional and sponsor policies, guidelines, and regulations
  • Negotiate grant awards, research agreements, contracts, and subcontracts
  • Issue and monitor national and international subcontracts
  • Act as liaison between St. Jude and sponsor officials
  • Search for funding opportunities and notify investigators of available funding in their areas of research

Post-award activities

  • Award set-up and activation
  • Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) review and submission

Training and education

  • The Grants and Sponsored Programs Office offers several training and education opportunities on topics related to research administration through various venues such as NCURA and SRA webinar broadcasts.
  • We also organize periodic workshops on proposal writing and budget preparation for early stage investigators.
  • Upon request, we are happy to provide one-on-one training on Managed Academic Research System (MARS), our online grant submission portal, eRA Commons, and Proposal Central Submission system.


Grants and Sponsored Program staff members assist and advise on obtaining funding, complying with eligibility requirements and application procedures, and other pre-award and post-award administrative matters.

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