Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) | Webster University

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP)

Advancing Webster University through faculty development and support for external funding, award management, and research compliance.

Webster’s ORSP was established through a grant from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Biomedical/Biobehavioral Research Administration Development (BRAD) program to build research administration capacity and oversight for improved research infrastructure. ORSP supports faculty research that strengthens educational experiences for Webster’s students and promotes opportunities for external funding and recognition.

Carolyn Corley, Associate Vice President, Government Relations and Sponsored Programs, is the Director of the ORSP and Principal Investigator (PI) on the NIH BRAD grant.

Planning Your Research

Webster's Faculty Research Director, Dr. Eric Goedereis, can work with you to develop a workable strategy for publishing, conference attendance, networking and grant submissions. 

Pre-Award Services

Please contact an ORSP Pre-Award Liaison to begin the process:

Pre-Award staff will work with you to identify opportunities, develop proposals, secure preliminary approvals, and pursue a timeline for submission that reflects the specific requirements of your project and its funding prospects. Pre-Award Grant Submission Policy requires an ORSP-approved timeline to 1) enhance the PI's likelihood of winning awards, 2) appropriately steward scarce University resources, and 3) ensure staff have sufficient time to support success.

Click here for information about PI roles and responsibilities.

Funding Searches
Submit a Concept Paper outlining your project to ORSP staff. We will work with you to identify potential funding opportunities.

Proposal Development
Once a funder is identified, work with ORSP staff to set tasks and timelines for completing the proposal development process.

Proposal Review
All proposals for external funding affiliated with Webster University are reviewed and approved prior to submission in a process guided by ORSP staff.

Proposal Submission
Proposals must be submitted by ORSP staff, who serve as Webster's Authorized Organization Representatives (AORs) for federal and private sponsors.

Post Award Services

Webster University is committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards and promoting an environment of integrity. The University expects staff, faculty and students to work to ensure comprehensive compliance with all internal and external sponsor policies, regulations, award terms and conditions. Throughout the life cycle of the award, we will provide guidance and technical assistance with award management and compliance. Services are listed below: contact Stephen Rich, Post-Award Grants Administrator, for more information.

  • Account Expenditure Guidance
  • Sponsor Fiscal Reporting/Invoicing
  • Expense Forecasting
  • No Cost Extensions
  • Cost Sharing/Matching Requirements
  • Effort Reporting Guidance

Internal Funding

Webster provides a range of internal funding opportunities and programs that support preliminary research and scholarly activities for faculty and students. These initiatives promote faculty experience, data-gathering, and publications that can lead to larger, externally funded projects.

External Funding

Search Opportunities:
infoEd SPIN - an enormous database of sponsored funding opportunities. Any WEBG campus internet connection will give you direct access at this link, or you can contact Linda Dahlgren ( to set up an individual SPIN account so you can save your refined searches and bookmark opportunities.

Mendeley Funding - an intuitive and user-friendly collection of funding opportunities organized by research area. Also includes a collaborative researchers' network, dataset storage, and other features. Create a free account and user profile at this link

Explore resources compiled by other institutions:
Duke University Research Funding

Guidelines, Policies, and Procedures

Faculty Development Staff and Resources


Contact Us

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119

Webster's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, related research agendas, and publications are supported in part by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number G11HD088112.

The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.