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Sponsored Research Administration (SRA), a unit under the purview of the Vice President for Research, is responsible for pre- and post-award functions of the university for awards with U.S. public funding (federal, state, and local governments) and U.S. public funding that is flowed through private organizations.

eSPEAR Certificate Series ***Eight Course Modules are now Available in Canvas***

The new eSPEAR Certificate Series will replace the Sponsored Research Administration Certificate Series and SPEAR (Sponsored Projects Education & Resources) Workshops.  While FSU Staff and Faculty are welcome to take courses in either format, it is important to keep in mind that this is the last year that the Sponsored Research Administration Certificate Series and SPEAR will be offered. Those who are currently working towards a certification in the Sponsored Research Administration Certificate Series need to plan to complete this certification by May 2020 (when the in-person courses will be discontinued). The online courses in the eSPEAR Certification Program will be introduced over time with the expectation of the full program being available by April 2020.  Work towards the eSPEAR Certification can begin at any time.  Any questions regarding the transition between the programs, should be directed to Doug Hall at

SRA Updates
  • 03/20/2020 - SRA has updated the 'Award Budget Modification' (previously Budget Amendment) and 'Award Budget' (previously Budget Summary) forms in PDF and Excel versions located on our Forms Page in the 'Budget and Accounting' section. Also, the 'Institutional Prior Approval' form in the 'Other Approval Forms' section
  • 03/12/2020 - Prior approval for IT Device purchases.
    The current Sponsored Research Administration (SRA) procedure has been to require the “Request for Prior Approval to Purchase Computers or Other Information Technology Devices” form only when the IT Device was not in the award and proposal budget. Going forward, if the IT Device is not in the award and proposal budget, the department will be required to enter the justification into the comments field on the requisition at the time of purchase. These requisitions will then be reviewed by SRA without further documentation.
  • 02/28/2020 - eSPEAR Module 'ESP08 - Effort Commitments & Certifications' is now available within Canvas.
  • 02/27/2020 - SRA has updated the 'Proposal Transmittal Form Keywords', located on our Forms Page in the 'Proposal Transmittal Form' section.
  • 02/20/2020 - The Facts Sheet has been updated to reflect changes in the 'FSU Organizational Codes and Numbers' section regarding SAM (System for Award Management).
  • 01/22/2020 - The Facts Sheet has been updated to reflect changes in the section regarding Sponsor Salary Limitations.
  • 01/16/2020 - The SRA Pre-Award Staff Assignments has been updated. Please see our Staff Assignments Page.
  • 01/14/2020 - The 'Request for new Subaward or Amendment to Existing Subaward Form' has been replaced with the 'Request for New Outgoing Subaward Form' and the 'Request Amendment to an Existing Subaward Form'. These new forms reflect changes made due to the RAMP Agreements module and are located on our Forms Page under the 'Contractual Services or Subcontracting Forms' section.
  • 11/22/2019 - SRA has updated both the Instructions and Proposal Transmittal Form (Fillable PDF), located on our Forms Page in the 'Proposal Transmittal Form' section.
  • 11/21/2019 - The Facts Sheet has been updated to reflect the section regarding the Health Insurance Subsidy for Graduate Assistants.
  • 11/12/2019 - SRA has updated the Personnel Change Request Form, located on our Forms Page in the 'Other Approval Forms' section.
  • 11/07/2019 - The SRA Post-Award Staff Assignments have been updated. Please see our Staff Assignments Page.
  • 09/24/2019 - SRA has updated the Request for Access to Fixed Price Residual Balance Form, located on our Forms Page in the 'Other Approval Forms' section.
  • 09/03/2019 - The SRA Pre-Award and Post-Award Staff Assignments have been updated. Please see our Staff Assignments Page.
  • 08/20/2019 - The following NIH Modular Grants Budget Tabulator Forms have been updated on the SRA Forms page under Proposal Budget Preparation Forms:
    a) NIH Modular Grants Budget Tabulator (Off-Campus Research)
    b) NIH Modular Grants Budget Tabulator SAMPLE (Off-Campus Research)
    c) NIH Modular Grants Tabulator (On-Campus Research, Non-NHMFL Facilities)
    d) NIH Modular Grants Tabulator SAMPLE (On-Campus Research, Non-NHMFL Facilities)
    e) NIH Modular Grants Budget Tabulator (On-Campus Research, NHMFL Facilities)
    The changes were only minor and included updating the F&A rates as well as the equipment threshold.
  • 08/15/2019 - The Facts Sheet has been updated to reflect the section regarding Graduate Tuition Waivers. The only changes to the Facts Sheet:
    The 2019-2020 tuition amounts have not changed from the 2018-2019 amounts, but the proceeding years have an estimated 1% increase each year.
  • 08/15/2019 - SRA has made several changes to the Personnel Change Request Form in the following areas:
    1) The form is for changes to the Post-Award Project Support Team only.
    2) The form will not be used for changes in PI or Co-PI because those changes usually require sponsor approval, and SRA will need a revised transmittal form to reflect the changes and departmental approvals to the changes.
    3) Additional instructions are included for team members with the e/PRO role.
    4) The SRA QA staff will process the forms so send them to the QA email at
  • 07/22/2019 - The Facts Sheet has been updated to reflect the new rates for Fringe Benefits and Health Insurance.
  • 06/11/2019 - Due to a change in the law this year, FSU had to reapply for certification from the USDA to be designated as a Non-Land Grant College of Agriculture under the Agriculture Improvement Act. FSU was successful in receiving this designation anew. The new certification can be found on our 'Resources and Training' page as 'US Dept. of Agriculture (NIFA) - Non-Land Grant College of Agriculture Certification'.
  • 05/22/2019 - The Direct/Indirect Costs Policy has been revised effective 4/11/19 to: 1) Clarify that the policy applies to federal/federal flow-through, state and other public sponsored agreements and 2) To remove the references to OMB A-21 which was replaced by 2 CFR 200
  • 05/03/2019 - The SRA Pre-Award and Post-Award Staff Assignments have been updated. Please see our Staff Assignments Page.
  • 04/22/2019 - The Sponsor Salary Limitations section of the SRA Facts Sheet has been updated to reflect the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) recent change to the maximum rates of pay for Executive Level and Senior Executive Level employees (effective January 2019). As a result of this OPM change, salary limitations for HHS NIH, DOJ OJP, and USDA NIFA have been updated. We removed the information on the NASA salary limitation from the Facts Sheet since it is not an “across the board” salary limitation. The Facts Sheet is located at
  • 04/18/2019 - SRA is happy to unveil an efficient new form, the Institutional Prior Approval Form, which replaces three existing forms: the Advance Request Form, the Prior Approval Request Form, and the CAS Exemption Request Form. Effective immediately, please use the new interactive form, which is housed on the SRA Forms webpage, for Pre-Award Spending, Advance, No-Cost Time Extension, and CAS Exemption requests. The SRA website has been updated accordingly. The Procedures for Advance have also been updated to reflect the recent change to the 7A-1 Advances for Externally Funded Projects Policy and use of the new form. 
  • 03/08/2019 - FSU Policy 7A-1 “Authorization for Advance on Externally-Funded Projects” is now effective and can be found at
  • 03/06/2019 - The Sponsored Research Administration (SRA) Facts Sheet has been updated to reflect the annual System for Award Management (SAM) renewal. The new SAM expiration date is March 3, 2020.
  • 11/06/2018 - The National Science Foundation (NSF) is pleased to announce a revised version of 'Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 19-1)' has been issued. The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 28, 2019.
  • 10/15/2018 - Due to Hurricane Michael and FSU's closure from Tuesday through Friday of last week, the Sponsored Research Administration (SRA) Open House scheduled for Tuesday, October 16th, will be postponed. Once a new time has been scheduled, an announcement will be sent out.
  • 10/08/2018 - Due to the University closing for Hurricane Michael, SRA has rescheduled certificate classes SRA18: Intellectual Property & SRA01: Proposal Basics/ Electronic Submission Systems. These classes will now be held on December 17th and 19th, respectively. For additional information, please see SRA's Certificate Series Schedule.
  • 08/24/2018 - 2018-2019 Graduate Assistant Stipend Increases and Contract Administration. Also, our Facts Sheet has been updated with in regards to this memo.
  • 08/01/2018 –The OVPR issued a memo regarding updates to the Fixed Price Residual Funds Policy (7A-11) and request form. Please see the updated FAQ’s for additional information.
  • 07/25/2018 - The Facts Sheet has been updated.
  • 07/09/2018 - The F&A Rate Agreement has been updated.
  • 06/15/2018 - The Post-Award Staff Assignment Sheet has been updated and posted to SRA's website under Staff Assignments.
  • 06/08/2018 - The Proposal Transmittal Form (Word) has been updated under Forms.
  • 06/06/2018 - The Request for New Subcontract or Amendment to Existing Subcontract form has been updated under Forms.
  • 05/23/2018 - The Proposal Transmittal Form (Fillable PDF) has been updated under Forms.
  • 05/15/2018 - Guidance on Letters of Intent, Concept Papers, and White Papers
  • 04/17/2018 - Procedures for Award Notifications and Approvals
  • 03/19/2018 - Policy for the Use of Human Embryonic Stem Cells
  • 02/02/2018 - Sponsored Research Administration email address to request sponsored research queries and reports
  • 01/22/2018 - Impact of Federal Government Shutdown on Federally Funded Projects
  • 01/19/2018 - Clinical Trial Definition Expanded to Include Behavioral Studies (effective 01/25/2018)
  • 01/19/2018 - The Pre-Award Staff Assignment Sheet has been updated and posted to SRA's website under Staff Assignments (effective 01/22/2018).
  • 10/12/2017 - The SRA Facts Sheet has been updated since the University has increased the Health Insurance Subsidy Benefit for Graduate Assistants with a qualifying appointment by $82 for domestic students and $95 for international students. 
  • 09/20/2017 - The new Cost Share Commitment Form has been posted under Forms.