Supports the research enterprise through submission, negotiation, and administration of externally sponsored programs and confirms compliance with institutional and sponsor regulations.

1 Submit Proposal
2 Execute Award
3 Manage Award
4 Closeout Award

Navigating Sponsored Research

Step 1
1 Submit Proposal

Before any proposal submission, SPA must first review and approve it. Proposal staff review proposals for budget accuracy and adherence to sponsor and University regulations and guidelines, also serving as a liaison to sponsor officials.

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2 Execute Award

SPA's Negotiation team is responsible for negotiations of various types of agreements for sponsored projects to ensure reasonable terms and conditions that comply with University policies, federal and state regulations and Sponsor requirements.

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3 Manage Award

Over the life of a project, it is vital that investigators, unit research administrators, and SPA Post-Award staff collaborate to maintain compliance with all sponsor and University regulations, and adherence to the terms and conditions of the award. Prudent management of fiscal and regulatory responsibilities safeguards the reputation of the Illinois research enterprise and ensures that investigators across campus have the best opportunity to obtain research funding.

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4 Closeout Award

Closeout requires balancing the budget, expenditures, billings, and payments. It may also include removing an overdraft or refunding unspent amounts to the sponsor. The award documents will indicate if a sponsor requires a final invoice or a final technical or financial report.


Research Statistics

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Proposals Submitted
in FY2019
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Total Awards
in FY2019
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Research Expenditures
in FY2019

What's Happening

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Research News

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About Spa

Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) is a service unit under the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, supporting the research enterprise throughout the entire lifecycle of an externally sponsored project, from proposal submission to award closeout. 

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