Overview of SPA

Organizational Charts:

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Description of Key SPA Positions and Units

Project Officers

The Project Officer (PO) is responsible for a broad range of pre- and post-award activities that relate to research funding. The PO is expected to interface with faculty and administrative staff to facilitate grants and contracts planning, program and administration, and serve as the single point of contact in this regard. The PO is assigned a group of Departments, Centers, Institutes and Schools. The PO must review all grant proposals for consistency with University and sponsor policies and assure that the information and financial proposals are revised accordingly. In addition, they each are assigned the authority and responsibility as official signatories. They will serve as an Institutional liaison with sponsoring agencies.

Financial Analysts

The Financial Analyst is responsible for establishing accounts (account set up) within the University financial system. All awards are carefully reviewed for accuracy and consistency with proposal applications and with sponsor and institutional policies and regulations. Project accounts are set up and maintained in a centralized system (InfoEd).

Subcontract Specialists

Subcontract Specialists are responsible for the issuance, negotiation and establishment of subcontract agreements for awards that involve collaborators outside of Columbia University. They serve as the liaison between Columbia University and the sub-recipient sites on resolving language disputes. They monitor the process for each subcontract in order to assure quality control and internal/external audit requirements.

Business Systems

The staff in the Business Systems division of SPA provides a wide array of services and support to the research community. Specifically, they are responsible for data management and quality control, providing training and expertise on the range of electronic systems used in connection with sponsored projects, providing data reports on sponsored project proposals, awards and expenditures, and participating in multiple special projects to enhance and streamline the use of electronic systems within the University.