The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORASP) is responsible for reviewing and authorizing proposals for submission and for interpreting, negotiating, and accepting contracts and grants for sponsored projects funded by federal and state agencies, foundation, and other public and private sources. We help to identify funding opportunities for faculty, manage internal funding programs, and coordinate Institute applicant selection for limited submission programs.

The mission of the ORASP is to promote research initiatives, ensure compliance with applicable regulations and sponsor requirements, develop and enhance grants management systems and practices, and effectively manage pre- and post-award activities.

Proposal Preparation & Submission

  • Searches for funding opportunities
  • Assistance with proposal preparation
  • Budget development
  • Entering proposal in Fibi (internal review and approval system)
  • Completing proposal in sponsor specific application portals
  • Just-in-Time (JIT) preparation
  • NEW Pre-Award Initiator link

Agreement Negotiation

In collaboration with legal counsel and the Clinical Trials Unit, the Research Contracts team helps review, draft, negotiate and finalize research related agreements. Such agreements include Confidentiality/Non-Disclosure Agreements, Material Transfer Agreements, Data Use Agreements, Clinical Trial Agreements, Subcontract/Service Agreements, Memoranda of Understanding, Sponsored Research Agreements and other legal documents required to support the Institute’s research funded by industry, federal and other sources. Please contact the Research Contracts team with any agreements-related questions or concerns at

Award Management

When a Principal Investigator (PI) is notified of an award, ORASP facilitates award account creation by reviewing it and discussing any issues that may need to be negotiated with a sponsor.

In addition to reviewing the legal terms of an agreement, ORASP also reviews agreements for compliance with financial and regulatory policies and procedures. After the negotiation, acceptance and signatory process is complete, ORASP facilitates award account creation.

Sponsors and funding agencies should use the email address during the proposal process as the method of communication for:

  • NOAs
  • Close-outs
  • Special requests

Outgoing Subawards

The subaward process begins when a grant, cooperative agreement, or contract is issued to Kennedy Krieger Institute/ORASP from a sponsor for the purpose of completing a project/research study within a certain period of time with a set amount of funding (“Prime Award”).

The Subawards team must always operate within the parameters of: Federal, State, and Local laws governing Subawards, Unique Agency Regulations and Prime Award terms.

Post-Award Activities

  • New award set-up
  • Effort pre-certification
  • Subaward initiation
  • Reconciliation and projection of expenses
  • Prepare financial status reports
  • Complete financial close out of awards


Research Administration Timeline.