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Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) is a team within the Office of Research Affairs (ORA) that oversees submission and receipt of grants at Rush.

The SPA team helps faculty, staff and other researchers obtain and manage their sponsored research awards through the following services: 

  • Review and approve proposals submitted to sponsors 
  • Assist in interpreting, negotiating and accepting grants and contracts for sponsored programs funded by foundations, federal and state agencies, and other public sources 
  • Provide guidance to assure the proper stewardship of received funds 
  • Prepare and negotiate subawards for collaborative research 

The SPA team provides many resources, to assist researchers with their proposals and submissions.

SPA resources can be found on the Rush Webpage at:

The SPA team also creates resources to assist researchers with successful grant applications that will comply with our unique institutional workflows and policies/procedures. These documents are stored on the RRP.

Pre-Award Standard Work Playbook

Pre-Award Toolkit



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