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Pre-Award Services

The Office for Sponsored Programs (OSP) supports the Upstate community in their pursuit of research.  OSP is the key point of contact for faculty in the area of sponsored research and other sponsored programs.

The Pre-Award office provides timely, high-quality, and coordinated research administrative services to Upstate faculty and departments, including the following:

  • Review, endorse, and submit proposals for sponsored research, training, and public service projects
  • Review, negotiate, and accept a broad array of grants, contracts, and subcontracts that support sponsored projects
  • Advise and assist Upstate faculty and department administrators in interpreting award terms and conditions and resolving problems that may develop prior to accepting the award.
  • Assist and advise on budget development (indirects, fringe benefits and allowable costs)
  • Review and interpret Sponsor guidelines, University policies and Federal regulations related to grant submission

Office Location: Suite 1111, Weiskotten Hall
Mailing Address: 750 East Adams Street, Syracuse, NY 13210
Office Phone: 315-464-5476

For assistance, please contact:

Jennifer RudesJennifer A. Rudes, Director of Sponsored Programs, Pre-Award Services
Phone: 315-464-5385
Email: rudesj@upstate.edu

  • Management of Pre-Award Services
  • Authorized Signatory for all Grants, Contracts
    and Agreements
  • Proposal Budgeting
  • Proposal development (non-scientific components)
  • Extensions/Modifications
  • Reporting (Pre-Award activity)


Kara Odonneka Kara O'Donnell, Research Administrator
Phone: 315-464-5383
Email: odonneka@upstate.edu

  • Proposal Budgeting
  • Proposal Development (non-scientific components)
  • Extension/Modifications


Ellen FurnariEllen Furnari, Research Administrator
Phone: 315-464-4396
Email: furnarie@upstate.edu

  • Proposal Budgeting
  • Proposal Development (non-scientific components
  • Extension/Modifications


April BridgesApril Bridges, Sponsored Programs Assistant
Phone: 315-464-5384
Email: bridgesa@upstate.edu

  • Sponsored Programs data management
  • Clinical Trials data management - IRB monitoring
  • Extensions/Modifications
  • PACS Database Management - Grants/Clinical Trials