The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) mission is to provide faculty, staff, and students with the resources necessary to apply to local, UW-System, state, and federal sources of grant funding. The Office helps to administer local grant support funding through the University Personnel Development Committee (UPDC), and assists with the processing of grant applications to UW-System and other outside agencies. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is the “principal agent” in negotiations between the University and all governmental and some private and foundation funding agencies for University projects. The office informs faculty, students, and staff regarding potential funding opportunities for research, teaching improvement, and other developmental activities. The office assists with and coordinates proposal preparation, review, and submission; provides contact for governmental rules and regulations requirements concerning grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements; and, provides liaison with all potential funding or regulatory governmental agencies. The office also provides administrative support to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects, Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC), and WiSys. In its liaison activities, the office staff monitors and contact governmental agencies regarding current programs and solicit information concerning future needs and directions in funded programs. The purpose is to solicit information regarding support opportunities and communicate them to faculty and staff and to stimulate interest in the University on the part of the agencies themselves.