Office of Sponsored Programs & Research

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research grows, manages and protects the Towson University sponsored programs portfolio.

Contacting the OSPR

In response to COVID-19, Towson University is open with limited services. Although you can't visit the Office of Sponsored Programs & Research, we're still available during normal business hours by email, 

Federal Agency COVID-19 Grant Guidance:

OSPR is monitoring the agencies that have released guidance for those with current grants or pending applications. The list below links out to their COVID-19 updates. 

A message from ospr

 To the TU Community:

I want to assure you that the OSPR will remain open and will be working remotely while classes have moved to a distance education format. We will continue to work with you to submit grants, administer awards, and manage IRB and other compliance matters. I encourage you to contact by email the staff member or office that you work with directly during this time. If you are unsure whom to contact, please email our general mailbox at and your inquiry will be routed accordingly. Generally, you should expect a response or acknowledgement of your email within 24 business hours. If you do not receive a response, please feel free to contact me at .  

At this time, I would expect that there will be no disruption to our ability to continue our work with you. However, I would encourage you to contact us as early as possible if deadlines are involved. This will allow us to manage any challenges that may arise. Additionally, if there is greater disruption I would expect that grant agencies would be making appropriate accommodations as they have done in the past. We will work with you individually when such situations arise.

For your convenience, I have listed below the primary contact for each area.

Proposal Development


  • Lissa Rapkin, : General Oversight, COE, CBE, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer and Information Sciences, Environmental Studies, SPAR
  • Anne Greene, : All other areas



Funding Searches & General Questions

Thank you for your patience and understanding,

Nancy Dufau, Assistant Vice President of Sponsored Programs & Research


What is OSPR?

We grow the university's portfolio by providing a high level of service to university faculty and staff members in identifying funding opportunities, developing project ideas into proposals and submitting complete and competitive proposals.

We manage awards and contracts alongside university faculty and staff to ensure proper administration of awards.

We protect the university's interests in all matters relating to external funding by complying with federal and state regulations. 

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Contact Information


Office of Sponsored Programs and Research
2nd Floor, Administration Building
Monday - Friday
Core Hours: 8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.