Office of Sponsored Research (OSR)

The Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) fosters and facilitates research and scholarly activity at Seattle Children's Research Institute. OSR performs six (6) major functions:

  • Institutional review and approval for extramural research proposals and related actions (such as certifications, JITs, etc.) in accordance with applicable policies, regulations, and best practices. 
  • Negotiates legal terms and signs sponsored agreements (inbound and outbound), including Grants, Contracts, Clinical Trial Agreements, Research Agreements, Subawards, Confidentiality/Non-Disclosure Agreements, Material Transfer Agreements, etc.
  • Processes awards and authorizes account setups, coordinating with Center Support Services (IRB, Finance, ORC, etc.) and Center Business Offices (CBOs)
  • Facilitates institution-level dissemination of sponsor information as it may affect proposals and award management (such as regulatory updates and NIH notices or process changes).
  • Performs annual and contractually prompted sub-recipient organization monitoring and risk assessments.
  • Secondary to CBOs, provides contract and regulatory interpretation and guidance

OSR and Center Structure Overview

OSR is staffed with 6 Sponsored Projects Officers (SPOs) who are agents, authorized to approve proposals and accept or sign awards/agreements on behalf of the Institute. 

OSR is the centralized contracting office the research institute. Communication should be directed to the OSR central inbox. The inquiry will be assigned to a SPO within one (1) business day, and follow-up will occur on an individual basis.

In most cases, external stakeholders can work most effectively with a SCRI Principal Investigator and the assigned Grant & Contract Administrator (GCA) from their Research Center’s Business Office (CBO) until the official contracting phases. Generally, proposals and awards are initiated by a PI and GCA, then routed to and finalized by OSR. 

Research CBOs are a SCRI PI’s primary resource for the administrative management of their proposals and awards. Matters not immediately requiring institutional acknowledgement, concurrence, or approval can be communicated directly with a PI or CBO (GCA). 

OSR processes proposals, awards, and other agreements on a first come, first serve basis utilizing a Production Line model. These items are processed by SPOs as team workload capacities permit.

Other Helpful Information for Stakeholders

SCRI’s Federal F&A Rate Agreement and OMB Circular A133 Audit Reports can be found on the Office of Research Finance’s (ORF) website.