Grants & Contracts Specialist- Research Sponsored Projects
Columbus, OH 
Posted 20 days ago
Job Description
Grants & Contracts Specialist- Research Sponsored Projects
Requisition ID 2021-32014
Category Research

Grants & Contracts Specialist- Research Sponsored Projects

The Grants & Contracts Specialist also known as Sponsored Projects Officer (SPO) is responsible for the compliance oversight of grants and contracts for all sponsored research. The SPO provides proactive guidance and support to Principal Investigators (PIs) and staff with proposal preparation and submission; contract award negotiation and acceptance; and overall management of sponsor compliance.

Schedule: (Full time, Benefits Eligible)


Research III

700 Children's Dr

Columbus, OH 43205

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    Serves as primary contact with the sponsor to clarify proposal guidelines, funding priorities and to assess submission deadlines and award reporting requirements.
  • Ensures adherence to institutional policies and sponsor guidelines for funding applications, and performs final administrative review of proposal submissions.
  • Liaise with the Office of Compliance, Office of Technology Transfer Commercialization, Legal Services, Human Resources, Research Finance, other Research Institute departments and centers; Division Chiefs, Center Directors and hospital administrators and others as necessary to support the pre- and post- award management of sponsored research.
  • Coordinates the negotiation and execution of awards and modifications with sponsors.
  • Assists in aligning the Research Institute's policies and practices with sponsor's requirements (including indirect cost recovery, cost-share, space requirements; reporting requirements; and patent and property rights).
  • Works with sponsors, administration, PIs and research staff to resolve programmatic and compliance issues.
  • Disseminates information on changes with NIH and other sponsors guidelines, forms, requirements, regulations, etc., and provides formal and informal training for faculty and staff.
  • Active member of the administrative research support team, facilitates meetings as needed to effectively oversee compliance with institutional, local, state, federal and other sponsor requirements and regulations;
  • Maintains a high level of professional knowledge through self-study, research, participation in professional development, and attendance at webinars and conferences.
  • Performs additional duties, as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required; Master's degree preferred.


  • Experience in proposal development and management of grant/contract mechanisms required.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, highly organized, and flexibility is required.
  • Analytical and organizational skills required to compile and analyze grant/contract proposals and other data related to sponsored projects, and to manage multiple on-going activities and deadlines.

Minimum Physical Requirement:

  • Sitting (Frequently)
  • Stooping (Frequently)
  • Standing (Frequently)
  • Talking on the phone or in person (Frequently)
  • Walking (Frequently)
  • Pulling/Pushing File Draws (Occasionally)
  • Kneeling (Occasionally(
  • Finger Dexterity (Frequently)

EOE M/F/Disability/Vet

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Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
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