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Sponsored Projects Office (SPO)

The Sponsored Projects Office (SPO) at UC Merced is home to the campus-delegated Authorized Organization Representative (AOR). It serves as the official liaison between the university and sponsoring agencies: federal, state, local, foundations, industry, or other public and private sources.


SPO staff supports the preparation, review, authorization, and submission of research, training, and other sponsored activities proposals to externally funded sponsors. SPO Contract and Grant Officers are responsible for award negotiation and acceptance.


Complete a Proposal Submission Request (PSR) 

Complete an Award Modification Request (AMR) 

Note: Please sign in with your UC Merced email address, and then with your UC Merced credentials to get access to the PSR and AMR Forms


SPO is offering weekly virtual office hours to all researchers on campus. A RA and a CGO will be there to answer questions or concerns regarding proposal submissions. The office hours will be from 2 pm to 4 pm every Wednesday starting August 11. Please join us at SPO Office Hours.



What's New

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced new identity management requirements that could affect access for faculty, researchers and scientists. After September 15, you will no longer be permitted to access eRA with your Commons account. Instead, you will be directed either to create a account and link it to their eRA Commons account, or to link your “University federated account” to your eRA Commons account. We recommend that you take the following steps:

1. Ensure that you have a MFA (Multi Factor Auth) credential.
2. Link your university accounts to the eRA Commons account.

The campus OIT expects to meet this Sept 15 deadline to test and configure our IDP (identity provider) to support MFA (Multi Factor Auth) on NIH’s eRA for our faculty.