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Sponsored Programs Administration

Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) supports and advances the University's mission by providing leadership and expertise in research administration and ensuring compliance with relevant regulations. SPA serves as a central resource to support the research community at Vanderbilt University by providing guidance and stewardship for researchers and administrators. This includes processing proposals and negotiating resultant grants, contracts, and other agreements. Our charge is to provide excellent administrative support to investigators in their pursuit of research and other scholarly activities while ensuring compliance with federal, University, and private sponsor regulations, terms, and conditions. We value and promote the following: integrity, innovation, knowledge, collaboration, and effectiveness.

 

 

Types of Agreements

In the table below, determine which section and contact is relevant to your agreement needs. Note that not all agreements are SPA-related. If none of the information below matches what you need, contact SPA by e-mail or by phone. Click here for more a detailed description of the various agreement types.

Agreement Type Research-Related Sponsored Academic Affiliation Field Experience Fee for Service Other Technology Transfer Procurement Contracts
Contact Judy Davenport
e-mail
Kay Brooks
e-mail
Kathryn Dudley
e-mail
Kay Brooks
e-mail
Kay Brooks
e-mail
Janis Elsner
e-mail
Tony Grayson
e-mail
Description Sponsored research grants, contracts, subawards, core facilities Agreements with external entities to support Academic Affairs To support individual field experiences as part of academic training Vanderbilt units providing services to external entities, such as executive development Agreements between academic units and external entities not defined in the other catagories Material transfer agreements, license agreements, etc. To purchase goods or services
Provost's Coordinating Office SPA Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs Academic unit sponsoring field experience Academic unit providing service Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs CTTC May vary depending on contract
Operational Review SPA Varies depending on agreement content Academic unit sponsoring field experience Academic unit providing service Academic unit providing service CTTC Procurement Services
General Counsel Review None if operating within preapproved parameters None if operating within preapproved parameters None if operating within preapproved parameters None if operating within preapproved parameters None if operating within preapproved parameters None if operating within preapproved parameters None if operating within preapproved parameters
Risk Management Review None if operating within preapproved parameters None if operating within preapproved parameters None if operating within preapproved parameters None if operating within preapproved parameters None if operating within preapproved parameters None if operating within preapproved parameters None if operating within preapproved parameters
Provost/Designee Signature Authority SPA Vice Provost(s), Provost, or Chancellor depending on agreement content Academic Dean (for individual experiences), Vice Provost, or Provost Vice Provost(s), Provost, or Chancellor depending on agreement content Varies depending agreement content CTTC Procurement Services
Office of Record - Final Documents SPA Varies depending on which office signed the agreement Academic unit sponsoring practicum Academic unit providing service Varies depending on which office signed the agreement CTTC Procurement Services