The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) manages all functions related to sponsored programs at Montana State University defined as any activity, research or otherwise, that is funded by an external source such as federal, state, or private organization. The staff of OSP, comprised of professional Fiscal Managers and Proposal Service Specialists, takes a comprehensive managerial approach and engages in the award life cycle from the time a funding source is identified to the close out of a grant or award.

In fiscal year 2016, MSU opened 600 new sponsored program grants and had $118 million in research expenditures.


Contact OSP if you are a faculty, staff, or student and are interested in:

Pre-Award Services
  • Locating funding for a project
  • Assistance with a grant proposal submission
  • Review of a successful proposal sample or having your grant reviewed
  • Grant and research related training and workshops
  • Getting help with compliance issues such as:
    • Human subjects
    • Use of animals
    • Controlled substances
Post-Award Services
  • Setting up your grant account
  • Understanding your fiscal and managerial responsibilities as PI
  • Information and/or assistance with budgetary items
  • Managing research expenditures including invoicing and reporting
  • Asking questions about your grant funded project
  • Transferring a grant from another institution
  • Successfully closing out your grant

life of grant

The life of a grant is a circular, recurring process. It begins with the first item listed below and then begins again.

  • Idea generation
  • Finding funding
  • Proposal development
  • Proposal submission
  • Management of award
  • Dissemination of results/publications
  • Close-out of grant
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Responsible Conduct of Research

After viewing the video, please send an email to Kelly Beiswanger to let her know you have completed the training.