Award Management

As your sponsored project progresses, ORSP will work with you to manage your awarded funding, modify your budget, and meet all institutional and sponsor requirements.

We take all Post-Award requests on a first-come, first-served basis and respond within 72 hours of receipt.

This page is not a comprehensive list of all award management policies, requirements, and processes. Contact your grants and contracts officer for questions about managing your award not addressed here.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why can’t I spend my grant money any way I choose?
Sponsored funds are subject to UA Little Rock purchasing restrictions, and they may be subject to additional specific federal, state, or agency restrictions. Always check with your grants manager and the Purchasing Office before spending grant money to ensure purchase reimbursement.

What is Research Compliance and why is it important?
Federal regulations require institutions to review and approve research projects using human participants, animals, bio agents, etc. prior to accepting an award. Additionally, institutions must review and address other issues such as potential conflicts of interest, export control issues, and effort commitments.

Policies and Processes

Effort Certification
All employees paid through federal grants, Principal Investigators, and Unit Administrators are required to attend one training session on Effort Certification.  For students, PIs must certify effort reports for graduate assistants. Visit Effort Certification for more information.

Foreign Travel
Any faculty, staff, or student using university funding or carrying university-owned equipment for international trips must meet specific requirements before making travel arrangements. Visit UA Little Rock Export Controls for more information.

Budget Modification
Sponsored program budgets are considered official agreements with the sponsor. The PI must contact ORSP before making any changes to the agreed-upon budget.

High-Value Purchases
To ensure allowability on the project, UA Little Rock requires all high-value (equal to or greater than $3,000) purchases made with federally sponsored funds to be approved prior to submission of a procurement action. This approval is received at the time a purchase order is generated.

Research Involving Animals and Humans
If your research involves human subjects, animals, or biohazardous materials, you must obtain the required institutional approvals before beginning your research. Visit Animal Subjects and UA Little Rock IRB for more information.

Post Award Contacts

If you have questions about or issues with the award setup process, please contact an ORSP grants and contracts officer.

Shawna Diaz, M.A.
Associate Director

Melody Gray, B.B.A.
Senior Grants & Contracts Accounting Specialist

Latasha Reyes, M.B.A.
Grants & Contracts Accounting Specialist

John Arnold, B.B.A.
Grants & Contracts Accounting Specialist