Office of Sponsored Research

The Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) is the Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) and the only GUMC organization authorized to bind the Medical Center in sponsored research agreementsOSR is responsible for reviewing grant and contract applications for compliance with sponsor and University policies, in cooperation with other University administrative offices.  All research and training grant and contract applications, without exception, must be approved by the Director or Deputy Director of OSR or their designee, prior to submission. OSR works closely with Research Development Services (RDS), a "sister" office that supports GUMC investigators with opportunity identification, proposal development and submission, and sub-recipient and independent consultant collaborations. See our Funding Opportunities and Proposals page for information on RDS and OSR roles in the proposal submission process. 

Contact Information


OSR Pre-award Office Phone (Building D, Room 283): 202-687-0020

OSR Post-award Office Phone (Harris Building, Suite 1100): (202) 687-1701

Quick Links

TRACS (Transmittal Review and Compliance System) - internal routing system for proposal review and approval
FCOI Policy Requirements
STARS (Subaward Tracking and Review System) - internal routing system for outgoing sub-awards and independent contractor agreements
PACTS (Clinical Trials Pre-Award Contract Tracking System) - internal routing system for industry-sponsored clinicial trial agreements. Agreements for clinical trials to be conducted at the Medstar Georgetown University Hospital or other Medical Center locations, without exception, must be negotiated and executed by OSR. See our “Agreements Page” for information on clinical trial setup. 


Research Development Services (RDS; Medical Campus, Building D, Suite 277), OSR's "sister" office, assists GUMC investigators with identification of sponsored research funding opportunities, proposal and budget development, internal proposal routing and approval, sponsor application package development and formalizing collaborations.

The OSR pre-award office (Medical Campus, Building D, Rm 283) services include internal proposal and sponsor application package review, administrative approval coordination and electronic submission of federal proposals.  The OSR pre-award office is responsible for reviewing all research applications to government and private funding agencies to ensure that proposal-related costs are accurate and proposals comply with Sponsor and the University guidelines.  Final review and approval is conducted by the OSR Director or their designee.  Following OSR review and approvel, foundation and corporate sponsored research funding applications are submitted by the RDS Deputy Director.  

The OSR post-award office  (Harris Building Suite 1100, 3300 Whitehaven Rd.) is responsible for award receipt, agreement negotiation and sponsored research spending account setup, as well as management and close-out of grant, cooperative agreement and contract awards, including sub-awards, independent contractor agreements and clinical trial agreements.  Contact the OSR post-award office for issues pertaining to research agreement negotiations, award budgets, no-cost extension requests, progress reports, or any other administrative award issue that requires sponsor prior approval. 

The Sponsored Projects Financial Operations (SPFO) Department in the Offic of Financial Affairs handles all post-award financial matters.  Contact SPFO with any issues regarding charges appearing on their Budget to Actuals Report (BAR), invoices to sponsors, payments to subcontractors, financial reporting or auditing.

OSR Grants and Contracts Officers works collaboratively with the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (LCCC) Clinical Research Management Office (CRMO) on LCCC clinical trial contract and budget negotiation, including spending account and sub-site setup. Contact the Clinical Research Operations Office for Biomedical Graduate Research Organization (BGRO) non-federal clinical trial contract and budget negotiation, implementation and administration.