The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs promotes and supports academic research conducted by SHSU personnel. Faculty and authorized professional staff are encouraged to seek external financial support for specific projects undertaken to further the mission of Sam Houston State University in teaching, research, institutional development, and public service. Sponsored projects enhance and expand the educational opportunities available to undergraduate and graduate students at the University; permit research, scholarly inquiry, and the development of new knowledge; contribute to the academic achievements and stature of the institution; and assist the University in fulfilling its responsibilities to the state and to the nation.

The University highly encourages faculty and staff to pursue sponsored program activities in their areas of expertise. The primary responsibility for the origination, development, and preparation of proposals rests with the Principal Investigator (PI). Although awards for successful projects are made to the University, the PI is responsible for the management, execution, and completion of the project, including submissions of all required reports. ORSP oversees many of the most important aspects of research development leading to significant scholarly contributions in all fields, including the IRB submission and review process, research compliance training, and proposal development for grants and other sources of project funding. Information, assistance, technical support, contract negotiation, and award acceptance are provided to the PI during the pre-award process by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) and during the account set up and post-award phase by the Office of Research Administration (ORA).

University policies apply to all sponsored programs, unless the granting agency establishes exceptions. Grant applications that the University approves must clearly identify these exceptions. These exceptions must not conflict with federal or state law or with the Regents’ Rules.