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Office of Sponsored Programs


Matthew Katz, MHA
Matthew Katz, MHA
Assistant Vice President,
Sponsored Research &
Contract Management

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Contract Management (OSPCM ) at Western University of Health Sciences assists faculty, staff and students to obtain externally funded research and educational program support. We are the central source of information on major government agencies, foundations, and corporations that support research. We are here to provide assistance to faculty and staff from development and planning through implementation and post-award administration. Our services include assisting in identifying potential extramural funding sources; developing budgets; completion of applications and assuring compliance with all applicable federal and state regulations as well as assist in contract negotiations with corporations.

The OSPCM is divided into two major components: Pre-award: that provides assistance to faculty and staff applying for external grant and contract support, ensuring the timely submission to meet all deadlines; and Post-award: that establishes the grant, once awarded, in the University’s computerized operating system and assists in the daily monitoring and management of the financial aspects of the projects including preparing invoices for contracts, interim and final financial reports.

The OSPCM does not administer gifts to the University from individuals, foundations or corporations. These are obtained and managed through the University’s Advancement Office.


Award: Financial or other support for a specific project being conducted under a Contract, Grant or Cooperative Agreement.

Contract: A written agreement under which the University conducts research, training, or other services. Specific obligations are generally imposed on all parties to the Contract and milestones and/or deliverables are often required.

Grant: A written agreement under which the University conducts research, training, public service or other services. Deliverables other then technical or financial reports are generally not required.

Gift: Funds (including cash, products, property, securities, life insurance contracts and other items of value) donated irrevocably for unrestricted or designated purposes by extramural individuals or organizations. Unlike sales and services activities, gifts do not involve contractual consideration–such as tangible property, intellectual property rights, or specified services–provided to the donors by the University.

Cooperative Agreement: A version of a Grant in which the sponsor participates in the project along with University personnel.

Principal Investigator (PI): A Western University employee (typically an academic appointee) who has primary responsibility for the scientific and technical conduct, reporting, fiscal and programmatic administration of a Sponsored Project.

Sponsored Project: A specific research, training, public service project or other program that receives support from external sponsors under a Contract, Grant, Cooperative Agreement or Subaward. Support may be in the form of funding, equipment or other material contributions.

Subaward: Agreement that transfers to another organization a portion of the substantive work being conducted under a Contract, Grant or Cooperative Agreement.