SPS Quarterly Update: Fall 2017

FY17 Funding News from SPS Annual Report


UO researchers brought in $114.9 million in grants, contracts and other competitive awards during the past fiscal year, with $93.6 million coming from federal funding, which accounted for 81.5 percent of the UO’s total grants, contracts, and awards.

“The sum total of research and innovation activity over the past year reflects the talent and dedication of our outstanding faculty members, who conduct transformative research and make exciting discoveries every day on this campus,” said David Conover, UO’s vice president for research and innovation.  

Given the reality that federal funding for research has been diminishing in recent years, Conover said, it is remarkable that UO researchers continue to be highly successful in winning competitive federal awards. Nevertheless, he said, the UO needs to diversify research funding beyond the federal government in the coming years.

In some ways, the transformation is already happening, as reflected by the fact that non-federal funding increased for the second year in a row. Funding from non-federal sources — such as industry, foundations and associations — increased by 15.7 percent from the previous year, a sign that research funding sources are continuing to grow and diversify.

Electronic Forms

We are transitioning our standard forms to online forms for convenience and streamlined routing.  Currently, the Pre-Award Spending form is online and available from the SPS Forms webpage.  Two more forms will be released soon, the Cost Transfer Justification Form through the BAO Forms portal, and the Faculty Award Recipient Form from the SPS Forms webpage.

Please let us know if you would like to help us test new forms as they are created by emailing Carrie Chesbro at Chesbro@uoregon.edu

Training Sign-Up Transition

Sponsored Projects Services is participating in the transition from Making Tracks/ODT to My Tracks for educational opportunities.  My Tracks has a debut planned for November 1st, and you can register for SPS classes through the new system.  Registrations completed in ODT prior to November 1st, for classes after November 1st, will be moved over automatically.  SPS will continue to provide a calendar of our sessions on our website as well.  Please contact Carrie Chesbro (chesbro@uoregon.edu) for any questions regarding our training program.

SPS Staffing Updates


  • Kari Vandergust has joined the SPS Award Set-Up team.  We believe that her extensive Pre-Award expertise and understanding of federal regulations will be an asset to Award Set-Up and to the University.

  • Stephanie Gray has joined the SPS Pre-Award team.  Stephanie comes to us from a local non-profit, bringing experience in the full life cycle of sponsored projects.

  • Andrew Gutierrez has joined our SPS Post-Award team.  Andy recently moved here from Michigan Tech, bringing experience in sponsored fellowships and higher education. 

  • Ashley Boehme is our newest hire, and will be supporting Sponsored Projects Services as our Office Specialist.  Ashley also brings experience in higher education administration to her new role at SPS.


Sponsored Projects Services
Sponsored Projects Services works with the UO community to provide proposal budget preparation, institutional clearances and grant and contract administration.

Phone: (541) 346-5131          E-mail: sponsoredprojects@uoregon.edu