Researchers at the University of Memphis

Helping our faculty and students achieve success in research is the first priority of the Division of Research and Innovation. In order to do that, we provide tools, resources, and training opportunities that are designed to help you succeed. From applied to fundamental, quantitative to qualitative, conceptual to empirical, and descriptive to analytical, the Division is here ready to work with you. 

Quick Links:

Access Cayuse - the UofM's portal for every externally funded research effort on campus. 

Staff Directory - our staff is friendly and ready to help.  Come by Admin 315 any time; our door is always open. 

GrantForward Database - Search all federal databases and funding sites in an easy platform. 

Identify Opportunities 

Need some help finding funding opportunities or identifying potential collaborators? Anyone with a University e-mail can access our subscription search engine, GrantForward, or use the links below to access additional online resources, information on internal funding opportunities, instrumentation funding opportunities, or limited submissions, and special resources for student opportunities. You can link to workshop presentations and other training resources training resources. And be sure to check out our new research collaborations page that highlights the University's research partnership with the Czech Academy of Sciences and provides information about locating research collaborators on campus and in our community. 

New for faculty: Springer Nature Editing Services and External Reviewer Program.

Write Your Proposal

While all successful proposals clearly articulate an original idea that is in line with the interests of a sponsor, proposal similarities across domains and sponsors often stop there. The documents required and the format and content of those documents vary by sponsor and sometimes even by the types of proposal mechanisms offered by a single sponsor organization.

So where can you find what you need to pull together a complete, compliant, and competitive proposal? Use these links to easily access common Institutional Information required by sponsors; Checklists and Instructions & Forms for preparing standard proposal documents; Templates & Samples you can use to prepare your proposals; Training Resources for proposal writing; and important sponsor news and updates related to proposal requirements.  

Submit Your Proposal

The Office of Sponsored Programs (osp@memphis.edu) is responsible for reviewing all grant, cooperative agreement, and contract proposals to ensure they are consistent with University policies and procedures and can be accepted if an award is made. OSP has established policies and procedures that facilitate the submission of proposals in an expeditious manner while also assuring that the University meets all federal mandates and assurances. A completed proposal, with all required attachments, must be fully routed with all approvals at least 5 business days prior to the Sponsor Deadline. If the University is not the prime recipient, the deadline should be adjusted accordingly.

Manage Your Award

The authority to accept an award on behalf of the University has been delegated to the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). If you receive an award, please route it to Award Intake email for system logging and staff assignment. Once a proposal is selected for funding, OSP will review the proposal record, award document and compliance . The goal is to ensure that there are no terms that would either violate university policies or impede the researchers' ability to carry out the project. If the award contains problematic terms (publication restrictions, burdensome requirements, governing law), OSP will try to negotiate with the sponsor to remove them, working with the principal investigator, the administrating department, and the office of Grants and Contracts Accounting.

There are many types of research-related agreements. If you are unsure which office has primary responsibility for an agreement, please see the responsibility matrix page for guidance. To assist in determining if an incoming agreement is an OSP or a service agreement handled by Procurement Services, please see the contractor determination sheet. 

Conduct Your Research

Research Compliance is an important function of the Division of Research and Innovation. Below are the associated resources offered by the University of Memphis.  Contact: researchcompliance@memphis.edu

How do I...?

Not sure where to find what you need or how to do what you need to do? E-mail OSP@memphis.edu; or click these links to access our staff directory, schedule a one-on-one meeting, or make plans to drop in for a visit during Help Hours held in various locations across campus.