Division of Research & Innovation

The University of Memphis benefits from a diverse community of researchers engaged in pioneering work who help push the boundaries of current knowledge and creative pursuits that enhance our human experience. From applied to fundamental, quantitative to qualitative, conceptual to empirical, and descriptive to analytical, our faculty and student research impacts the economic, societal, and educational fabric of the Mid-South and the world. Want to get involved? Click on the links below to learn about resources and support available to help. Prefer to talk to a live human? Click to access our staff directory. Email us to schedule a one-on-one meeting, or plan to drop in for a visit during Help Hours.

Research Proposal Lifecycle

identify research

Step 1: Identify Interest
Research Development

post award management

Step 5:Award Process with
OSP awards and Post Award Management
with OPAM and Grants Accounting

Cayuse record

Step 2: Create Cayuse Record.
Need Help?
Contact Cayuse Support

research requirements

Step 4: Complete Research
Compliance Requirements
(CITI training, FCOI, IRB)

route and submit in Cayuse

Step 3: Route and Submit in Cayuse
with OSP Proposal, Contract,
or Subaward Specialist

Office of Sponsored Programs

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) partners with faculty and staff to provide the highest quality research administration at all stages of sponsored projects. OSP facilitates the scholarly activities of the research community as it positions the University to become the leading public research institution in the nation. The easiest way to reach us is via e-mail to OSP@memphis.edu. Your message will be acknowledged within 24 hours with an answer or with a timeline for when you can expect one. All team members receive messages sent to this address, thus reducing the risk of delay due to staff being out of the office or under heavy deadlines.

Office of Post Award Management

The Office of Post-Award Management (OPAM) is the liaison between investigators and departments, the Office of Sponsored Programs, and Grants and Contracts Accounting to ensure efficiency and timely processing of all new and continuing awards. OPAM is “One-Stop-Shop” that streamlines the management of the University’s sponsored projects from award set-up to closeout. We aim to deliver post-award support and services that enable the successful completion of projects and sponsor requirements. Please visit our webpage here, or email us at OPAM@memphis.edu if you have any questions!

Research Compliance

The Research Compliance department includes The Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Financial Conflict of Interests, Export Controls and Animal Care. The IRB is charged with the responsibility of reviewing, prior to its initiation, all research (whether funded or not) involving human participants. The IRB is concerned with protecting the welfare, rights, and privacy of human subjects. The IRB has the authority to approve, disapprove, monitor, and require modifications in all research activities that fall within its jurisdiction as specified by both the federal regulations and institutional policy. Federal regulations, state laws and University policies recognize that researchers may have financial interests in research sponsors and/or in entities with business interests closely related to their research. In order to ensure that all employees engaging in sponsored research recognize, manage and report financial conflicts of interest, annual disclosure is required, and CITI training is required prior to engaging in sponsored research.