Sponsored Programs

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About The Office of Sponsored Programs

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) strives to promote a transparent, efficient and customer-centered research environment and ensure that Fort Valley State University’s faculty and staff have access to all funding opportunities committed to the delivery of high quality programs, services and research initiatives to support the university’s mission. Toward that end, the OSP supplies a variety of grantsmanship resources and services for the FVSU family, communicates and enforces proposal submission and contract compliance requirements, and functions as adviser, change agent and strategic partner to the university’s decision-makers.

Sponsored Programs Staff

Joyce Y. Johnson, Director
C.V. Troup Bldg., Suite 335
(478) 825-6253

Administrative Assistant
C.V. Troup Bldg., Suite 333
(478) 825-4323

Data and Technology Research Assistant
C.V. Troup Bldg., Suite 335
(478) 825-6576

Alfreda Hester,  Pre-Awards Coordinator
C.V. Troup Bldg., Suite 334
(478 )822-1063

Jaron Lucas, Post-Awards Coordinator
C.V. Troup Bldg., Suite 335
(478) 822-1062


The director of the Office of Sponsored Programs is responsible for providing leadership, management and development, in support of the promotion of externally funded activities at Fort Valley State University. The director manages efficient pre- and post-award infrastructure, oversees the development of policies and procedures, and facilitate opportunities that yield a positive environment for growing the university’s externally funded activities.

Pre-Awards Coordinator

The Office of Pre-Awards serves as a catalyst for development and implementation of innovative ideas, generates enhancements to existing grantsmanship policies and practices, interprets/communicates research policies and related issues, conducts training and ensures that timely notifications of funding opportunities are made available for university personnel. Pre-Awards also provides limited grantsmanship support to community and faith-based organizations that are aligned with various university Initiatives. It’s evolving role is to anticipate change and develop strategies to assist the administration, faculty and staff with retaining or Improving productivity while adapting to a new research and contracting culture.

Post-Awards Coordinator

The Office of Post-Awards principal responsibility for assisting principal investigators and program directors in managing grants and contract awards. This position provides assistance in the business and financial aspects of sponsored programs including:

  • Assisting principal investigators/project directors in award set- up and administration;
  • Approval of grant expenditures
  • Interpreting and fostering compliance with sponsor rules, regulations, guidelines, etc.;
  • Liaising with external sponsors;
  • Maintaining proper fiscal management, in cooperation with the Contract and Grant Accounting Office
  • Preparation of outgoing contracts/subcontracts to sub-recipients;
  • Preparation or assistance with the preparation of all funding agency reports, as required, in conjunction with the principal investigator and/or the accounting office;
  • Assistance with non-competing continuation applications;
  • Participation in audits; and
  • Providing workshops in post-award management.

The Post-Awards professional assists the Office of Sponsored Programs in ensuring compliance with university policies and in obtaining best terms and conditions for both the principal investigator and the university. Additionally, the coordinator supports the activities of the research council in review of all research related compliance matters.

Data and Technology Research Analyst

The Data and Technology Research Analyst updates Office of Sponsored Programs web pages, designs Internal and external publications, surveys and maintains the IT works database.  The Data and Technology Research Analyst also assist both Pre and Post Awards with maintaining compliance in the areas of record keeping and time and effort certification.