The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) will create an outstanding climate of support for Ferris State University faculty, staff and students, with emphasis on promoting the teacher-scholar model. 

It is the mission of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to enhance and facilitate the ability of faculty, staff, and students to develop and achieve their goals as teacher-scholars in research, education, and service delivery through successful competition for internal and external funding. 

The mission is accomplished while maintaining responsible stewardship of sponsored projects as directed by the values of our office and the applicable federal, state, and agency regulations and policies. By collaborating with key stakeholders, the ORSP:

  • Streamlines administrative processes and minimizes the administrative burden for investigators conducting sponsored programs by providing easily accessible and intuitive administrative information systems
  • Partners with the faculty to create a culture of high achievement and promote the teacher-scholar model
  • Creates and consistently implements well-documented procedures that facilitate the conduct of sponsored activities, while ensuring compliance with sponsor and university requirements
  • Ensures seamless research and scholarly activities administration from proposal development through timely award closeout
  • Provides effective stewardship of sponsor funds and promotes positive sponsor interactions
  • Provides college and department support staff with the necessary tools, resources, and training so that they can also enable investigators to successfully engage in scholarly activities


The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs provides leadership, direction, and management of campus wide research administration, infrastructure and services, and oversees the operations of the following units:


For more information, contact:

Thomas Dowling, PharmD, Ph.D.
Director, Research & Sponsored Programs

Phone: (616) 643-1139

Erin Scott, BA, CRA
Grant & Contract Officer

Office: PHR 312
Phone: (231) 591-2547

Maureen Wawsczyk, BA
Research Integrity & Compliance Officer

Office: PHR 308
Phone: (231) 591-2553


Office of Research & Sponsored Programs
Ferris State University
220 Ferris Drive, PHR 312
Big Rapids, MI 49307
(231) 591-2547

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