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About ORSP

Our Mission

We safeguard and advance U-M’s research enterprise by providing our partners with effective and efficient pre-award and non-financial post-award services for the compliant administration of externally sponsored grants, contracts, and ancillary agreements.

Our Vision

We aspire to be recognized within U-M and across the globe as the leading provider of authoritative, innovative, and high value guidance on the conduct of sponsored research and other funded activities.

Our Core Values


Our Motivation

We are motivated by the transformative research outcomes we enable, the positive role we play in sustaining U-M’s reputation for excellence, and the knowledge that our efforts are helping to create a better world and a more promising future.

Our Guiding Principles

1. We serve three customers with every transaction. Our success lies in how well we: (a) advocate for our research community in its pursuit of scholarly excellence, (b) protect our university from financial and reputational harm, and (c) help our sponsors achieve their scientific and programmatic goals.

2. We act ethically and with integrity at all times. Upholding this principle is the right thing to do. It promotes the public’s trust in the wisdom of funding research, enables us to responsibly reduce administrative burden and manage risk, and encourages effective research administration throughout U-M.

3. We treat others with kindness, dignity, and respect, and we have a right to expect the same in return. We demonstrate this principle most clearly by how we interact with our colleagues and customers, and how we promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within ORSP and across the U-M research ecosystem.

Office of Research and Sponsored Projects

3003 South State Street
First Floor, Wolverine Tower
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1274
Main Phone: (734) 764-5500
answered M-F 8 am - 5 pm
Fax: (734) 763-4053, 764-8510
Campus Drop Boxes: For any deliveries to Wolverine Tower, you can use campus mail.

The ORSP Organization Chart

ORSP is a unit of the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Org Chart, Staff Lookup, and Alphabetical Staff Listing

Full Alphabetical Listing below


Visit our Communications page at  You'll be informed of business and system updates, sponsor updates, policies and procedures, professional development opportunities and more that affect work in sponsored projects.


The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP) primarily handles pre-award activities and is part of the Office of Research

Sponsored Programs primarily handles financial post-award activities, and is part of Finance.

Research and internship opportunities are available for enrolled students. You can find graduate program application materials on the Rackham website ( For undergraduate admissions go to

Check the U-M Library's for funding databases. There, you can arrange a consultation with a librarian who can help you with resources. If applying for funding, your next point-of-contact should be your department's research administrator. You can find that person here: Find a Research Administrator (Blue Pages)

Leverage the Research Development and Proposal Services from the U-M Office of the Vice President (OVPR) for Research along with:


The U-M Library's Research Funding and Grants Guide indexes university-wide listings of funding opportunities and resources with content from all units, schools, and colleges. Utilized databases such as ProQuest's Pivot to create email alerts to keep you informed of new opportunities in your research area.

Schedule a consultation with the exceptionally skilled Informationists of the U-M Library, who offer personalized, expert funding and grant search consultations to U-M faculty and staff.

Your first point of contact should be your department's research administrator. You can find that person here: Find a Research Administrator (Blue Pages) You can use our Project Representative lookup table here. 

We do not keep research publications for loan or purchase. If published, it may be available via the National Institutes of Health PubMed Central or our U-M library. For citations, please use standard citation methods.

Jobs and internships are arranged through the academic department or posted on

Your first point of contact should be your department's research administrator. You can find that person here: Find a Research Administrator (Blue Pages).

Unfortunately, we cannot accept résumés and applications for graduate programs or research opportunities. Find application materials on the Rackham graduate programs website or follow the employment application procedures on the University of Michigan careers/job postings site. Do check the eligibility requirements for any programs you see. Many summer research opportunities are only available to U.S. Citizens.

References and Resources


For questions about our staff, please call (734) 764-5500 between 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.