Office of Sponsored Research

The Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) is the Georgetown University Medical Center Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) and the only medical center organization authorized to bind the medical center in sponsored research agreements

OSR 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 must be approved by the Director of OSR or their designee, prior to submission.

OSR works closely with Research Development Services (RDS), which has primary responsibility for assisting medical center investigators with opportunity identification, proposal development and submission, and sub-recipient and independent consultant collaborations. See our Funding Opportunities and Proposals pages for information on RDS and OSR roles in the proposal submission process. 

OSR works closely with Research Development Services (RDS), which has primary responsibility for assisting medical center investigators with opportunity identification, proposal development and submission, and sub-recipient and independent consultant collaborations. See our Funding Opportunities and Proposals pages for information on RDS and OSR roles in the proposal submission process. 

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Contact Information

Email: osrapps@georgetown.edu
OSR Proposal Management Office (Building D, Room 283): (202) 687-0020
OSR Award Management Office (Building D, Room 237): (202) 687-12277


The GUMC Research Development Services (RDS) Office is the GUMC focal point for development of sponsored research grant, contract and cooperative agreement proposals and applications. RDS staff members work with GUMC investigators to identify sponsored research funding opportunities and develop proposals and application packages in accordance with sponsor and University requirements.

GU PASS  is the Georgetown University routing system for initiation and routing of proposal-related documentation to obtain internal approvals from the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) and other University offices responsible for compliance-related issues. Your RDS proposal development specialist will prepare a GU PASS submission for your proposal and shepherd it through the internal approval process. Begin the process on this page of the RDS website.

The Office of Corporate & Foundation Relations (CFR) in the Office of Advancement at Georgetown University serves as a university-wide liaison to coordinate and facilitate communications with corporate, foundation, and association donors. The CFR works closely with RDS and OSR to provide support to university programs, departments, faculty, and administrators as they pursue philanthropic partnerships and seek grants for research programs.

The Georgetown University Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) provides oversight and guidance in human subject research; animal care and use; biosafety; chemical safety; radiation safety; occupational health; export controls; conflict of interest; handling of hazardous, controlled or regulated substances; material transfers; and research misconduct.

The Georgetown Office of Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) provides tools and pertinent safety information (e.g., policies, procedures, forms, etc.) to promote a safe and healthy work environment at the University while maintaining regulatory compliance with applicable standards and guidelines. 

The GUMC Clinical Research Operations Office (CROO) provides services to Georgetown clinical investigators related to study start-up and administration and assistance to clinical research sponsors in identifying GUMC investigators to participate in their research.

The Clinical Research Management Office (CRMO) provides administrative, nursing, and data management support for cancer treatment clinical trials conduced by Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center clinical investigators. This includes all regulatory documents, IRB submissions, budget and contract negotiations, consenting of subjects, case management of patients while on study, side effect management, completion of case report forms, meeting with monitors, maintaining trial information on Lombardi website, design of electronic case report forms for institutional trials.

GUMC Shared Resources allow Georgetown University scientists to pool equipment, technicians and knowledge for the benefit of all. The program provides cost effective access to state-of-the-art technologies. Each shared resource is handled like a small business that provides a specialized service for a reasonable user fee and is coordinated by a faculty member who is experienced in that research area and has a staff that facilitates access to that resource. New shared resources are continually being developed and brought online. 

The Sponsored Projects Financial Operations Department (SPFO) in the Office 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.

The Financial Affairs Tax Department provides guidance to the University in matters of international, federal, state and local taxation. The Tax Department creates and monitors policies and procedures for tax law compliance and the protection of the University’s tax exempt status.

The Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) is responsible for management of Georgetown invention disclosures, patenting and licensing activities, oversight of material transfer agreements and confidentiality agreements, and engagement of Georgetown University in the founding and growth of local businesses.

The Risk Management Office (RMO) provides advice on risk-related matters, establishes the University’s risk financing and insurance strategy and assists in the development of programs, policies and best practices to reduce the University’s total cost of risk. 

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Sponsored Research Administration Overview

Research Development Services (RDS; Building D, Suite 277) 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.

Corporate & Foundation Relations (CFR) in the Office of Advancement at Georgetown University serves as a university-wide liaison to coordinate and facilitate communications with corporate, foundation, and association donors. The CFR works closely with RDS and OSR to provide support to university programs, departments, faculty, and administrators as they pursue philanthropic partnerships and seek grants for research programs.

The OSR Proposal Management Office (Building D, Rm 283) is responsible for review and approval of internal proposals (routed in GU PASS) and sponsored research application packages to government and private funding organizations, and for submission of federal proposals 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 Proposal Manager or their designee.  Following OSR review and approvel, foundation and corporate sponsored research funding applications are submitted by the RDS Deputy Director.  

The OSR Award Management Office  (Building D, Suite 287) 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.  Email the OSR Award Management 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. 

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

The Sponsored Projects Financial Operations Department (SPFO) in the Office 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.

The Georgetown University Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) provides oversight and guidance in human subject research; animal care and use; biosafety; chemical safety; radiation safety; occupational health; export controls; conflict of interest; handling of hazardous, controlled or regulated substances; material transfers; and research misconduct.

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