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About the Office of Sponsored Projects

The Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) contributes to the academic mission of Dartmouth College by providing support for obtaining sponsored research funds, and managing sponsored research activity. OSP's primary responsibilities include:

  • Serves as the contact point for information and interaction with faculty, deans, administrators, and governmental officers and sponsor representatives on a variety of sponsored research matters.
  • Maintains a portfolio of current services that assist faculty and administrators in identifying potential funding sources for their projects.
  • Reviews sponsored research proposals submitted by Dartmouth faculty, and signs proposals and accept awards on behalf of the Trustees.
  • Maintains and updates all assurances for Federal, State, and non-governmental sponsors.
  • Prepares and negotiates scores of subawards, and reviews and negotiates clinical trials.
  • Negotiates sponsored research agreements with regard to budget, terms and conditions.
  • Through the Committee for the Protection of Human subjects (CPHS), also referred to as the Institutional Review Board (IRB), reviews and approves protocols submitted by faculty who intend to use humans as subjects for their research.
  • Assists faculty and researchers with patenting, marketing, and licensing of inventions through its Technology Transfer Office.
  • Reviews and negotiates industrially sponsored research, confidentiality, and material transfer agreements through its Technology Transfer Office.
  • Assists Dartmouth researchers in negotiating agreements funded by government and business assistance programs, such as SBIRs and STTRs, through its Technology Transfer Office.

Services Offered by The Office of Sponsored Projects

Today's researcher is faced with many challenges when seeking and securing sponsored research awards. To remain competitive, researchers must take advantage of new technologies and electronically provided services. The OSP is committed to assisting the Dartmouth Community in these efforts. The OSP routinely provides a wide variety of essential services:

  • Alert the Dartmouth community to funding opportunities via e-mail, an electronic bulletin board, and the OSP home page.
  • Offers campus-wide workshops on sponsored research topics, such as techniques for finding funding, proposal development, and post-award project management.
  • Assists faculty and staff in developing proposals, budgets, and other related documents.
  • Subscribes to funding identification services such as ARIS, COS, and SPIN, and provides access to additional funding announcements through the OSP homepage and Resource Library.
  • Answers questions on sub-awards, patent law, and College policies and government regulations pertaining to inventions conceived and developed under Federal and private sponsorship.
  • Works closely with Dartmouth's Office of Foundation and Corporate Relations to coordinate pre- and post award policies and procedures.
  • OSP is Dartmouth's registered user of NSF Fast-Lane and NIH Commons, both of which use the World Wide Web to facilitate business and the exchange of information between NSF/NIH and their client communities, including researchers, reviewers, research administrators, and others doing business with NSF/NIH.

The Technology Transfer Office

The purpose of Dartmouth's Technology Transfer Office (TTO) stems from Public Law 96-517, the Bayh-Dole Act, which postulates that inventions arising from Federal government sponsorship and assigned to the university, must be actively transferred to the private sector for the benefit of the general public. Therefore, patenting and licensing of inventions originated in the College and its professional schools comprise the largest share of the TTO's activities. Industrially sponsored research agreements, including SBIRs and STTRs, material transfer agreements, State business assistance programs, and various other issues concerning academic collaborations with industry, also come under the TTO 's purview.

The Committee For The Protection of Human Subjects

(Institutional Review Board)

The Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS), also referred to as the Institutional Review Board (IRB), is a federally mandated committee with the charge of overseeing all research project involving human participants. All research involving humans (regardless of funding) must be reviewed and approved by the CPHS prior to initiation. The primary mission of the CPHS is to ensure that the rights and welfare of human research participants are protected. The CPHS office is a source of information for students, faculty and study coordinators who are involved with research involving humans.

Last Updated: 12/16/10