The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) manages all functions related to sponsored programs at Montana State University or any activity, research or otherwise, that is funded by an external source such as a federal, state, or private organization.

The staff of OSP, comprised of professional Fiscal Managers and Grant 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 2021, OSP opened 672 new grants and provided oversight for MSU's $193 million in research expenditures.

The OSP staff assumes all financial, reporting, compliance, auditing and related tasks in a proactive spirit that alleviates the administrative workload for researchers so that they may focus on what matters most, their research agenda. The organization of OSP breaks down as shown below. 

Unless otherwise noted, OSP staff members are located in 328 Montana Hall. Staff members can be reached at (406) 994-2381. 

 

OSP Directors

Sandy Sward

Sandy Sward

Associate Vice President for Research Administration

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Leslie Schmidt

Associate Vice President for Research Administration (outgoing)

Dale Huls

Dale Huls

Director of Office of Sponsored Programs

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Vacant

Assistant Director of Office of Sponsored Programs

 


Fiscal Management and Post-Award Services

Fiscal managers are available to help in the management of awards, specifically, PIs can expect to receive assistance with the following: 

  • Review of a proposal before submission 
  • Setting up a grant account 
  • Clarifying fiscal and managerial responsibilities of PI's
  • Managing resource expenditures including invoicing and reporting 
  • Questions about your grant funded project 
  • Transferring a grant from another institution 
  • Successfully closing out a grant 

Fiscal managers perform a wide range of grant administration responsibilities.  Each Fiscal Manager typically has an assigned portfolio of departmental clients as well as a specific area of agency expertise.  Fiscal managers primarily provide post-award services but also assist PIs on proposals.


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Nathan Clementich

Fiscal Manager

Tracy Gatlin

Tracy Gatlin

Fiscal Manager

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Monique Hill

Fiscal Manager

Dale Huls

Dale Huls

OSP Director and Fiscal Manager

Peggy Kastella

Peggy Kastella

Assistant Director of Finance and Fiscal Manager

Wanda McCarthy

Wanda McCarthy

Fiscal and Business Manager

Traci Miyakawa

Traci Miyakawa

Senior Fiscal Manager

Jennifer Nesbitt

Jennifer Nesbitt

Subaward Manager & Fiscal Manager for Western SARE

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Tara Sadera

Pre-Award Specialist & Fiscal Manager

Naomi Stewart

Naomi Stewart

Senior Fiscal Manager

Sandy Sward

Sandy Sward

Associate Vice President for Research Administration and Fiscal Manager

Office of Sponsored Programs, Information Technology Staff 

Ken Kurtenbach

Kenneth Kurtenbach

Assistant Director, Information Technology

 

Office of Sponsored Programs, Subawards 

Jennifer Nesbitt

Jennifer Nesbitt

Subaward Manager

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Katie Olson

Subaward Specialist

Accounting and Support Staff 

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Ale Lingenfelter

Accounting Associate IV

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Maryalice Trage

Administrative Associate IV

Ann Wells

Ann Wells

Accounting Associate IV