Welcome to Sponsored Projects Administration

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REMINDER: beginning October 2014, Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs) lacking an eRA Commons ID for graduate and undergraduate students with complete personal profiles will receive an error and the RPPR will not be accepted by the NIH.  Make requests for eRA Commons IDs to SPA-eBiz@columbia.edu.  See NOT-OD-13-097 for more information.

4/17/2014 - NOT-OD-14-074 - For NIH & AHRQ applications due after April 16, 2014, following an unsuccessful resubmission (A1) application, applicants may submit the same idea as a new (A0) application for the next appropriate due date.


Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) serves as a central resource to support the research community at Columbia University by providing guidance and stewardship for the researchers and administrators on all campuses.

Our mission is to provide excellent administrative support to investigators in their pursuit of research and other scholarly activities while ensuring compliance with federal, University and private sponsor regulations, terms and conditions.

SPA operates through delegation of authority from the University Board of Trustees as a unit of the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research.

SPA offers a wide range of services including:

  • Review and submission of proposals
  • Award negotiation and acceptance
  • Account setup
  • Subcontract issuance and negotiations
  • Sponsor communications during the life cycle of the award
  • Award close-out (non-financial)
  • Sponsored project data collection and reporting
  • Grants education

Throughout this site you will see references to the Sponsored Projects Handbook, a reference guide to sponsored projects created by Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA), Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Sponsored Projects Finance (SPF), Office of the Controller.


Go to The Office of the Executive Vice President for Research