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 project funds, and managing sponsored project activity. The Office of Sponsored Projects 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 project matters.
  • Maintains a portfolio of current services that assist faculty and administrators in identifying potential funding sources for their projects.
  • Reviews sponsored project 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.
  • Negotiates sponsored project 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 industry sponsored projects, 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 project awards. To remain competitive, researchers must take advantage of new technologies and electronically provided services. The Office of Sponsored Projects is committed to assisting the Dartmouth Community in these efforts. The Office of Sponsored Projects routinely provides a wide variety of essential services:

  • Alert the Dartmouth community to funding opportunities via e-mail, an electronic bulletin board, and the Office of Sponsored Projects website.
  • Offers campus-wide workshops on sponsored project 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 Office of Sponsored Projects website and Resource Library.
  • Answers questions on subawards, patent law, Dartmouth 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.
  • The Office of Sponsored Projects is Dartmouth's registered user of NSF FastLane/Research.Gov and NIH Commons. These websites allow the electronic submissions of pre and post award documents.

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 Technology Transfer Offices activities. Industry sponsored project 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 Technology Transfer Offices 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 sponsored projects involving human participants. All sponsored projects 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 sponsored projects involving humans.