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Grants and Sponsored Research


The Office of Grants and Sponsored Research (OGSR) represents the Pre-award administration office at St. John’s University. We provide services and support related to research activities across all schools and units at the University and work closely with the Office of Business Affairs regarding post-award items such as the financial management of sponsored projects.

Sponsored programs include research, instruction and training, public service, evaluative testing, and other scholarly and creative activities conducted under the direction of university faculty and staff and funded by organizations external to the University in accordance with award regulations.

The Office also consults with the Office of General Counsel, Biosafety, and the IRB on items relating to the conduct of a sponsored project. We also coordinate with the Office of Institutional Advancement regarding proposals to foundations and corporate sponsors and we provide support for the University's commercial activities.

Developing Research

We work with colleagues across the University to identify funding opportunities and where appropriate we bring together interdisciplinary research groups with common interests. We also provide guidance and training in applying for grants. 

Research Grants

We provide advice on how to interpret sponsor guidelines, develop budgets, and to ensure compliance with University and sponsor requirements. Our office is responsible for coordination of the submission of sponsored project proposals on behalf of the University.

Policy and Regulation

OGSR reports to the Office of the Provost and we work to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements, such as institutional policy and procedures for the protection of human subjects, conflict of interest and misconduct in science, and supporting the University’s obligations under its Assurance covering the use of animals in research, along with other requirements imposed by federal, state and local regulatory agencies.

Training and Service

We provide researchers with services specific to the pre-award process including Federal update sessions, training on funding sources and the proposal submission process.

Post-Award Finance

Together with the Office of Business Affairs we provide post-award financial administration and assistance.

Office Location and Hours

Newman Hall, Room 108

Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Closed Fridays during the summer months.

Additional Information

St. John’s University has a commitment to world leading research. We welcome your engagement with us as a student, postdoctoral researcher or a research collaborator. We also welcome businesses to research with us as our expertise will be of benefit to you. 

Study and perform research with us as a PhD student

Our aim is to create the researchers of tomorrow. At St. John’s University, you will find a very supportive researcher environment at every level. We offer a wide range of research degrees including part-time and full-time and distance learning. There are also a number of postgraduate funding opportunities, including graduate assistantships and doctoral fellowship programs. For further information, please go to the Admissions and Aid page or contact the Director of Graduate Studies in the department in which you wish to pursue your postgraduate degree.

Perform research with us as a post-doctoral researcher

We recognize that a successful post-doctoral research period represents a vital stepping-stone in order to be competitive in both the academic and industry-driven job market. Although St. John’s University does have post-doctoral research opportunities funded by faculty-awarded research grants, we will also assist you in obtaining financial support through a variety of different fellowship opportunities.

The benefits of collaborating with us

Research programs very often benefit from collaborations between academic, commercial and public sector institutions. We welcome such collaborations, and our Office of Grants and Sponsored Research can help facilitate inter-institution research collaborations. 

Marc E. Gillespie, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Clinical Operations and Research, and Assessment

Christina Costello
Assistant Director, Office of Grants and Sponsored Research
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Kamran Mahmood
Grants Analyst 
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Cosmo Amabile
Grants Writer
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Karen Neroulias
Grant Coordinator
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Graduateship: TBA
Graduateship: TBA

Olivia Burwell
Student Worker 
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