The Office of Sponsored Research Programs (OSRP) 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 OSRP 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

Agreement Negotiation

The Office Sponsored Research Programs, in collaboration with legal counsel and the Clinical Trials Unit, 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.  For more information, please contact Molly Timko, Director, Research Administration at

Award Management

When a Principal Investigator (PI) is notified of an award, OSRP 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, OSRP also reviews agreements for compliance with financial and regulatory policies and procedures. After the negotiation, acceptance and signatory process is complete, OSRP facilitates award account creation.

Outgoing Subawards

The subaward process begins when a grant, cooperative agreement, or contract is issued to Kennedy Krieger Institute/OSRP 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