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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.
  • provide consultation on grant proposal development and budget preparation.
  • 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.
  • 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 315
Tammy Wieseman, Administrative Assistant, 453-4531, Woody Hall 314

Proposal Development and Submission:

(Pre-proposals, LOIs, Proposals, Supplements, Continuations, etc.)

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

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

Ashley Matzenbacher, Pre-Award Manager, 453-4542, Woody Hall 302
Kelly Alongi, Pre-Award Specialist, 453-4556, Woody Hall 304

Non-Financial Grant Management: 

(Award Negotiation, Acceptance, Award Modification, Subcontracts/Audits,  etc.)

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

Sonjie Schwartz, Interim Director, 453-4541, Woody Hall 315
Jeff Tally, Post-Award Specialist, 453-4543, Woody Hall 318

Grant & Contract Accounting:

For a list of current account assignments, click here.

Shirley Castle, Grant & Contract Accounting Manager, 536-2646, Woody Hall 320
Patti Diggle, Grant Accountant, 453-4535, Woody Hall 333
Kay King, Grant Accountant, 536-2642, Woody Hall 338
Norma Mitchell, Grant Accountant, 453-3601, Woody Hall 335
Shelley Perez, Grant Accountant, 453-4536, Woody Hall 339

Other Grant Related Areas (PDF)