Sponsored projects are externally funded activities supporting the research, instruction, cooperative extension, and public service missions at the University of Georgia. Sponsored projects can utilize a wide variety of awarding vehicles (e.g., grants, contracts, cooperative agreements, subawards) resulting in projects between the University of Georgia, University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc., and sponsors.

Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) is comprised of Pre and Post Award staff working collaboratively in one unified department. SPA works closely with research administrators and other administrative support personnel located within our colleges, schools, departments, centers and institutes to address the administrative, financial and compliance responsibilities associated with sponsored project activities.

The Sponsored Projects Administration team:

  • Reviews and submits proposals
  • Receives and negotiates award documents
  • Accepts award funding
  • Establishes Project IDs unique to each project
  • Prepares and submits invoices
  • Collects payments
  • Prepares and submits financial reports
  • Provides project spending guidance and oversight
  • Negotiates material changes to agreements after award
  • Assists with project and financial closeout
  • Ensures audit compliance



Our mission is to be the nation’s premier sponsored projects administration team. We are committed to innovative thinking, timely communication, and exceptional service to provide faculty and staff with the highest levels of support as they compete for and manage extramural funding.

  • We believe in cooperative teamwork, exceptional service, and ethical business practices.
  • We believe that good communication is key to effective relationships, and effective relationships are key to success.
  • We pride ourselves on attention to detail and forethought.
  • We believe in providing excellent customer service to both internal and external customers.
  • We value knowledge, expertise, accuracy, flexibility, mindfulness, and problem solving.
  • When something works, we commit to sharing it across the institution.
  • We aim to epitomize professionalism in every interaction, whether internal or external.
  • We believe there is no gray area in honesty, integrity, or accountability.
  • We provide options for what is possible rather than focusing on what is not allowed.
  • We strive for success, the first time.
  • We give our best in even the most menial of tasks, knowing that if we do the small things well, the big things will follow.

Sponsored Projects Administration is always looking for engaging, enthusiastic people to join our research administration team. You can find job openings in SPA by checking UGA Jobs. To locate SPA jobs, please filter by Department “FD-SPA Post Award Accounting” and “VPR-SPA Pre-Award.”