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Sponsored Programs Officer II


UF DSP Classification* 

A intermediate-level position within UF’s Division of Sponsored Programs responsible for facilitating a wide range of sponsored programs administration activities, including managing a large portfolio of proposal submissions and negotiations of awards. Professional who applies acquired job skills, policies, and procedures to complete substantive assignments, projects and tasks of moderate scope and complexity; independently performs responsibilities; exercises judgment within defined guidelines and practices to determine appropriate action.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description.  These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

Preparation and Submission of Proposals

  • Coordinate and support faculty and staff in the preparation of proposals being submitted to federal, state, corporate, and other funding agencies.
  • Review proposals for accuracy and compliance with federal, state, university and sponsor regulations.
  • Ensure that university policies, such as the F&A Policy, Cost Sharing Policy, PI Status Policy,  Effort Policy and others, are followed.
  • Review proposed budgets for compliance with guidelines; check budget details for accurate reflection of line items and proper indirect cost rates.
  • Facilitate preparation and submission of a large volume of grant and contract proposals on behalf of the University of Florida.
  • Appointed a University Signing Official for proposal submissions.
  • Maintain knowledge with university and sponsor electronic research administration systems in order to ensure timely and compliant submission of proposals.
  • Point of contact for post submission of proposal materials requested by sponsors.

Award Acceptance

  • Review and negotiate grants, contracts, awards, agreements, non-disclosure agreements, data use agreements, and other agreements or documents relating to research, training and other sponsored programs.
  • Evaluate compliance concerns in awards such as cost accounting standards, cost sharing, human use, animal use and safety, data storage, training.
  • Interpret and apply federal and sponsor policies and regulations to determine acceptable conditions of awards including such areas as: Effort Commitments, Conflict of Interest, Export Controls, Cost Principles, human use, animal use and lab safety.
  • Maintain accurate and complete files and records for each award or agreement.
  • Ensure awards are consistent and meet standards that are designed to assist adherence to UF policies and procedures.
  • Responsible for the initial award -set-up using the University of Florida Integrated Research Support Tool (UFIRST).
  • Prepare and distribute UF’s official internal award package to the award’s Principal Investigator (PI), Department administrative staff, and Contracts and Grants Accounting (C&G); approve the award to be established in the UF accounting system and the project activities to commence.

Award Management

  • Maintain knowledge with university and sponsor electronic research administration systems in order to ensure timely and compliant submission of post award activities.
  • Review and facilitate award change requests including re-budgeting, pre-award costs, carryover of unobligated balances, and no-cost-extensions.
  • Assist when needed with the preparation of subawards and subcontracts that are issued to subrecipients under prime federal or non-federal grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of office procedures to support campus policy.
  • Maintain positive and productive business relationships within the University and with its Sponsors.
  • Participate in the shared responsibility for ensuring responsible stewardship for funds provided by external sponsors.
  • Maintain a high level of professional knowledge through self-study, research, and participation in professional development.
  • Examine existing systems, practices and procedures using methods which result in improved organizational performance.
  • Provide policy and procedure interpretation to academic departments.
  • Act as a liaison between Principal Investigator (PI), campus administrators, agency officials, as well as federal, state, and local offices to resolve problems or issues that develop during course of project.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area and two years of experience in sponsored program administration; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Licensure and Certification



This position does not typically include supervisory responsibility.

*Reserved Classification – Use of this classification outside of UF Division of Sponsored Programs (DSP) requires prior approval by Classification and Compensation


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