Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)

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Electronic Proposal Clearance FormInstructions

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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 ten professional Fiscal Managers and a Pre-Award Specialist, 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. Ranked in the top tier of research universities by the Carnegie Foundation, MSU faculty posted over $109 million in research expenditures in fiscal year 2014.

What's New?

Training videos:     

  • Required Training for PHS Research Project Directors, Project Staff and Students (held April 2012) - view video, slides, documents
  • Responsible Conduct of Research online video, DVDs and presentation materials - See Below



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Monthly Meetings

Roundtable - 10 a.m.

FY 15 meetings: 

September 22, 2015, Procrastinator Theater, Minutes

November 10, 2015, Procrastinator Theater, Minutes

FY 16 meetings:

February 4, 2016, Procrastinator Theater Cancelled

April 26, 2016, Procrastinator Theater, Minutes

September 20, 2016, Procrastinator Theater

November 2, 2016, Procrastinator Theater


Training - On & Off Campus

Principal Investigator (PI) Training

  • The Fall 2013 MSU Principal Investigator (PI) training session has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 22th, 2013 in the SUB Procrastinator Theater from 1 – 4 p.m.
  • The Principal Investigator training is designed to ensure that all investigators have the information needed to conduct their research in compliance with both federal and state regulations.
  • MSU PI Training is mandatory (one-time only) for researchers and we encourage anyone, including students, working with sponsored funding to attend.
  • Registration deadline: October 17th, 5 p.m. Email Carmen, to register.
  • Fall 2016 Training Sessions: (Faculty & Staff only need to attend 1 session)
    • October 11, 2016, SUB Ballroom D, 1-4 p.m., email Carmen, to register
    • October 17, 2016, Procrastinator Theater, 1-4 p.m., email Carmen, to register 
  • An online version of the training is offered here: 

Advanced Training for Research Investigators, Project Directors, Project Staff and Students

The Office of Sponsored Programs, Technology Transfer Office and Legal Counsel held a required additional training session for all personnel involved in the design, conduct or reporting of sponsored research activities.  Some new developments now require training and certifications that you need to learn about.  Specifically for NIH funding recipients, attendance is mandatory to ensure that spending can continue past 8/24/12. This training was held in April 2012.

Three major topics were covered:

If you missed the training held in April 2012 you may do one of the following:

  1. Contact Carmen Fike to check out a DVD, or watch the video below. Following viewing, please send an email to Carmen to let her know you have completed the training.
  2. Take the CITI Program’s Conflict of Interest mini-course - When registering, be sure to affiliate yourself with MSU.

REMINDER: After taking the training, all research active employees must provide for their assignment of technologies. To execute this form, go to the MSU My Info screen, select Enter Secure Area, and after logging in, go to My Apps, and select the Intellectual Property Agreement.

If you have questions please contact Leslie Schmidt in the Office of Sponsored Programs (994-2381).

For training on Cost Share, the Electronic Proposal Clearance Form, Time and Effort,  Travel and many more, contact OSP to schedule.

Grant Report – training video on the Inception to Date Report  View

Responsible Conduct of Research

New - Responsible Conduct of Research Seminar (for students and postdocs performing research funded by the National Science Foundation AND training grants funded by the National Institutes of Health) will be held again in Fall 2013. Email Carmen Fike to get on a notification list.

Alternative RCR Training -

The video can also be viewed below. August 10, 2010 presentation materials: Training PPT and CITI Cheat Sheet
After viewing the video, please send an email to Kelly Beiswanger to let her know you have completed the training.

CITI courses available to MSU are:

  • Laboratory Animal Welfare
  • Human Subjects Research
  • Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Biosafety/Biosecurity
  • Engineering
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Cultural Competence in Research (included in Human Subjects, Biomedical and Social and Behavioral courses)
  • Plagiarism
  • IACUC Community Member
  • IRB Chair
  • Working with Fish in Research Settings

    Note: When registering with CITI, be sure to affiliate yourself with MSU.