About OSPA

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OSPA Mission Statement (PDF)


A unit of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, OSPA facilitates and promotes research and sponsored project activities on campus. (Research is defined broadly, to include research training, scholarship, and creative activities.) We are the official University agency through which faculty and staff submits external grant proposals and receive external grant awards. See below for services and staff contacts.

  • provide resources to assist faculty in finding appropriate funding sources for their research.
  • offer grant-related workshops to faculty and students.
  • publish materials to aid researchers and publicize SIUC research.
  • provide consultation on grant proposal development and budget preparation.
  • review final grant proposal budgets.
  • review, sign, and submit grant proposals to external agencies.
  • negotiate award agreements and coordinate account set-up.
  • set up subcontracts.
  • handle post-award administrative matters such as budget revisions and no-cost extensions.
  • coordinate research compliances (human subjects, animal care, etc.).
  • administer centralized research support facilities.
  • assist with grant audits.
  • maintain a grants database and provide reports of grants activity.

Director of OSPA:

Sonjie Schwartz, Interim Director, 453-4541, Woody Hall A-318

OSPA Staff

Ashley Matzenbacher, Senior Research Development Specialist, 453-4542, Woody Hall A-320
Kelly Alongi, Research Project Specialist, 453-4556, Woody Hall A-322
Mandy King, Research Compliance Coordinator, 453-4530, Woody Hall A-324
Karen Rowland, Program Services Aide, 453-4533, Woody Hall A-321
Wendy Preece, Administrative Assistant, 453-4524, Woody Hall A-316
Darla Peterman, Office Manager 453-4531, Woody Hall A-314

Proposal Development and Submission:

Proposal Notification System - required method for notifying OSPA regarding an upcoming proposal.

For general inquiries contact OSPA, 453-4540, Woody Hall A-311

Non-Financial Grant Management:(Award Negotiation, Acceptance, Award Modification, Subcontracts/Audits,  etc.)

For general inquiries contact contracts@siu.edu, 453-4540, Woody Hall A-311


Animal Research, Human Subjects Research, and Responsible Conduct of Research
Mandy King, Research Compliance Coordinator, 453-4530, Woody Hall A-324

Export Control and Financial Conflict of Interest
Office of Sponsored Projects Administration, 453-4540, Woody Hall A-311

Grant & Contract Accounting:

Shirley Castle, Supervisor, Grant & Contract Accounting, 536-2646, Woody Hall A-306
Kay King, Grant Accountant, 536-2642, Woody Hall B-338
Norma Mitchell, Grant Accountant, 453-3601, Woody Hall B-335
Shelley Perez, Grant Accountant, 453-4536, Woody Hall B-339

Other Grant Related Areas (PDF)