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About Sponsored Projects Office (SPO)

Learn about the Sponsored Projects Office (SPO) support of sponsored research administration.

The Sponsored Projects Office (SPO) serves the UC San Diego Research Community with high-quality expertise to support sponsored research administration, including proposal and (non-financial) award management, client experience and training services, system designs, business process improvement, and research enterprise contracts and grant business intelligence. 

Mission

Our mission is to provide exceptional support to our research faculty and staff by facilitating and managing proposals, contracts, grants, and other activities to maximize extramural funding to enable groundbreaking research and improve society.

Vision

Our vision is to be recognized as a top-performing research-focused office by solving complex problems for our researchers and providing innovative, efficient, and effective services to research administrators.

Officer Assignments

To find officer assignments on specific agreements, status updates, and notes, search the table below or visit the Research Administration Activity Dashboard (RAAD)

For general questions or feedback contact researchadmin@ucsd.edu

Name Title VC Area Supported Assignment Criteria
Aleshire, Samantha Principal Contract and Grant Officer GC, HS Government Contracts/Service Agreements Team
Allen, Kaylee Senior Contract and Grant Officer I GC, HS Direct Federal Grants Post Award Team
Alvarado, Anthony Senior Contract and Grant Officer II GC, HS Contract and Grant Proposal Team
Brown, Michael Senior Contract and Grant Officer II GC, HS Non-Profit Federal Flow Through Team
Carazolez, Albert Senior Contract and Grant Officer II GC, HS, SIO General Contract and Grant Floater
Chavira, Jenny Principal Contract and Grant Officer GC, HS Government Contracts/Service Agreements Team
Cheng, Judy Principal Contract and Grant Officer SIO
  • State of California
  • Sea Grant (State of California Funding)
  • Local Government, Municipalities, and Municipal Agencies
  • U.S. State Governments
  • U.S. Universities (including WHOI)
  • U.S. University Flow-Through (except FDP with NSF and NASA Prime)
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL)
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
  • Sandia National Laboratory
  • UT Battelle
Cheung, Amy Senior Contract and Grant Officer I GH, HS Direct Federal Grants Post Award Team
Chu, Joy Senior Contract and Grant Officer II GC, HS Unfunded Agreements Team
Cook, Rachel Interim Director, Health Sciences HS Contract and Grant Proposal Team
  • Clinical and Translational Research Institute
  • Moores Cancer Center
  • T. Denny Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion
  • Sanford Stem Cell Institute
Corbett, Ngozi Contract and Grant Coordinator GC, HS Closeouts
Corniel, Stephanie Senior Contract and Grant Officer II GC, HS, SIO General Contract and Grant Floater
Corral Romero, Isabella Client Experience Analyst GC, HS, SIO Sponsored Research Administration Operations: Client Experience, Communications, Training & Development
Cotner, Cori Executive Assistant GC, HS, SIO Office Administrative Coordinator
Dadigian, Travis Principal Contract and Grant Officer SIO
  • Department of Defense Contracts, Delivery Order Agreements, and Other Transactions
  • Department of State
  • Industry flow-through
  • IRIS, UCAR, UNAVCO
  • Sales and Service Agreements
  • Unfunded Collaboration Agreements (domestic)
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Memorandum of Understanding (domestic and foreign)
  • Charter Party Agreements (incoming and outgoing)
Dammann, Ross Assistant Vice Chancellor, Contract and Grant; Executive Director Sponsored Research Administration GC, HS, SIO Senior Leadership, Sponsored Research Administration Operations, Contracts and Grants
Dixit, Oolka Senior Contract and Grant Officer II HS Contract and Grant Proposal Team
  • Medicine: Allergy
  • Medicine: General Internal Medicine
  • Medicine: Genetics
  • Medicine: Immunology
  • Medicine: Pulmonary
  • Medicine: Regenerative Medicine
  • Medicine: Rheumatology
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Surgery
Donate, Ernesto Assistant Director, Sponsored Research Administration Business Intelligence GC, HS, SIO Sponsored Research Administration Operations: Business Intelligence and System Administration
Engledow, Anja Senior Contract and Grant Officer II SIO
  • Office of Naval Research Grants (ONR)
  • Air Force Grants
  • Air Force Cooperative Agreements
  • Army Grants
  • Army Cooperative Agreements
  • Misc. Navy and Department of Defense (DOD) Grants
  • Seafloor Electromagnetics Methods Consortium (SEMC)
Estrada, Mayra Senior Contract and Grant Officer II GC, HS Non-Profit Federal Flow Through Team
Friedman, Samantha Principal Contract and Grant Officer GC, HS Industry Agreements Team
Gatdula, Stella Principal Contract and Grant Officer HS Contract and Grant Proposal Team
  • Anesthesiology
  • Cellular & Molecular Medicine
  • Medicine: Geriatrics
  • Medicine: Physiology
  • Neurosciences
  • Neurosurgery
Gibbs, Adele Senior Contract and Grant Officer I GC, HS Unfunded Agreements Team
Gonzalo, Ines Business Intelligence Specialist GC, HS, SIO Sponsored Research Administration Operations: Business Intelligence and System Administration
Grihalva, Cherry Senior Contract and Grant Officer II SIO
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA)
  • U.S. University Flow-Through (FDP with NSF or NASA Prime)
  • USC Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC)
  • Columbia University International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP)
  • UC Programs
  • UC Mexus
  • Incoming UC Multiple Campus Agreements
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
  • Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
  • Binational Science Foundation (BSF)
  • Inter-American Institute for Global Change (IAI)
Gu, Lisa Assistant Director, Contract and Grant GC, HS Unfunded Agreements Team
Hafley, Darci Principal Manager, Contract and Grant GC, HS Contract and Grant Proposal Team
Hendry, Anastasia Principal Contract and Grant Officer HS Contract and Grant Proposal Team
  • Medicine: Cardiology
  • Medicine: Endocrinology/Metabolism
  • Medicine: Gastroenterology
  • Medicine: Infectious Disease
  • Medicine: Owens Clinic
  • Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Services
Hester, Greg Senior Contract and Grant Officer II GC, HS Contract and Grant Proposal Team
Hollingsworth, Rebecca Senior Contract and Grant Officer II GC, HS Unfunded Agreements Team
Hoss, Anna Senior Contract and Grant Officer II GC, HS Non-Profit Federal Flow Through Team
Ienciu, Razvan Senior Contract and Grant Officer II GC, HS Unfunded Agreements Team
Jackson, Derek Senior Contract and Grant Officer II GC, HS, SIO Subawards/Multi-Campus Agreements (MCA) Team
Jenkins, Sierra Senior Contract and Grant Officer I GC, HS Unfunded Agreements Team
Joyce, Nicole Director, Sponsored Research Administration Business Intelligence, Systems, and Innovation Strategies GC, HS, SIO Senior Leadership, Sponsored Research Administration Operations
Kerr, Elizabeth Principal Contract and Grant Officer GC, HS Government Contracts/Service Agreements Team
Ketchum, Nicole Senior Contract and Grant Officer I HS Contract and Grant Proposal Team
  • Dermatology
  • Family Medicine
  • Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health
  • Medical Education
  • Radiation Medicine & Applied Sciences
  • Radiology
  • Urology
Knight, Roxanne Principal Contract and Grant Officer HS Contract and Grant Proposal Team
  • Center for Research in Biological Systems
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Medicine: AVC Translational Medicine
  • Medicine: Center on Gender Equity & Health
  • Medicine: Global Public Health
  • Medicine: Hematology and Oncology
  • Medicine: School of Medicine
  • Ophthalmology
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
Kochhar, Chiranjiv (Sunny) Principal Business Systems Analyst GC, HS, SIO Sponsored Research Administration Operations: Project Management, Business Process Improvement and Change Management
Kusiak, Mike Director, Contract and Grant GC, HS, SIO Senior Leadership, Contracts and Grants
Lapek, Jeniffer Senior Contract and Grant Officer I GC, HS Contract and Grant Proposal Team
Louie, Laura Senior Contract and Grant Officer I GC, HS Direct Federal Grants Post Award Team
Lowrie, Simon Principal Contract and Grant Officer GC, HS Industry Agreements Team 
Lupu, Andrea Assistant Director, Contract and Grant GC, HS Government Contracts/Service Agreements Team
Macsween, Nicole Client Experience Analyst GC, HS, SIO Sponsored Research Administration Operations: Client Experience, Communications, Training & Development
Mahan, Sharon Senior Contract and Grant Officer I GC, HS, SIO Subawards/Multi-Campus Agreements (MCA) Team
Meier, Elizabeth Principal Contract and Grant Officer SIO
  • Private Non-Profits and Interest Groups
  • Foreign University Contracts
  • National Institutes of Health
  • European Union, including Marie Curie fellowships, and foreign non-profits​
  • USAID
  • Data Use Agreements
  • Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) and Collaboration Agreements with MTA terms
Meredith, Lisa Senior Director, Contract and Grant GC, HS, SIO Senior Leadership, Contracts and Grants
Molina, Luz Senior Contract and Grant Officer I GC, HS Direct Federal Grants Post Award Team
Olaes, Evelyn Principal Contract and Grant Officer HS Contract and Grant Proposal Team
  • Medicine: Biomedical Informatics
  • Psychiatry
Paolucci, Monica Senior Contract and Grant Officer I GC, HS Direct Federal Grants Post Award Team
Park III, William Principal Contract and Grant Officer SIO
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Cooperative Institute for Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Systems (CIMEAS)
  • Sea Grant (Federal Funding)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Department of Energy (DOE)
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • United States Department of the Interior (USDI)
  • United States Geological Survey (USGS)
  • Forest Service
  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • ESR Marine Sciences representative
Paul, Sheila Principal Manager, Contract and Grant GC, HS, SIO Subawards/Multi-Campus Agreements (MCA) Team
Peralta, Jessenia Senior Contract and Grant Officer I GC, HS Direct Federal Grants Post Award Team
Perez-Estrada, Japhet Senior Contract and Grant Officer I GC, HS Contract and Grant Proposal Team
Perri, Nichole (Niki) Senior Trainer GC, HS, SIO Sponsored Research Administration Operations: Client Experience, Communications, Training & Development
Philbin, Katherine Senior Contract and Grant Officer II GC, HS, SIO Subawards/Multi-Campus Agreements (MCA) Team
Poon, Shan Business Intelligence Analyst SIO
  • Kuali Research Data Administrator
  • Proposal and Award Data Analysis and Reporting
  • Closeout/Patent Report Coordinator
  • Contract and Grant Support/Information Resource
Portillo, Dayna Senior Business Intelligence Analyst GC, HS, SIO Sponsored Research Administration Operations: Business Intelligence and System Administration
Quach, Nina Senior Contract and Grant Officer I GC, HS Direct Federal Grants Post Award Team
Quintana, Kelly Principal Contract and Grant Officer GC, HS Non-Profit Federal Flow Through Team
Reese, Tanya Senior Trainer GC, HS, SIO Sponsored Research Administration Operations: Client Experience, Communications, Training & Development
Riggs, Darin Senior Contract and Grant Officer II GC, HS Unfunded Agreements Team
Robinett, Rae Anne Senior Contract and Grant Officer I GC, HS Direct Federal Grants Post Award Team
Sisanachandeng, Oudone Senior Contract and Grant Officer II GC, HS Contract and Grant Proposal Team
Stezano, Leo Principal Business Systems Analyst GC, HS, SIO Sponsored Research Administration Operations: Project Management, Business Process Improvement and Change Management
Sung, Stella Director, Contract and Grant GC, HS Senior Leadership, Contracts and Grants
Tagaca, Jona Mae Trainer/Client Experience Analyst GC, HS, SIO Sponsored Research Administration Operations: Client Experience, Communications, Training & Development
Tallarida, Pamela Assistant Director, Sponsored Research Administration Training, Communications and Client Experience GC, HS, SIO Sponsored Research Administration Operations: Client Experience, Communications, Training & Development
Tan, Yunqi Senior Contract and Grant Officer II GC, HS Unfunded Agreements Team
Tang, Elizabeth (Liz) Grant Coordinator HS Contract and Grant Proposal Team
  • IEM - Health
  • Institute for Genomic Medicine
  • Medicine: Nephrology
  • NIH LRP Application
  • Pediatrics
Tea, Peter Senior Trainer GC, HS, SIO Sponsored Research Administration Operations: Client Experience, Communications, Training & Development
Tom, Elaine Principal Contract and Grant Officer GC, HS Industry Agreements Team
Tomera, Chris Principal Contract and Grant Officer GC, HS Government Contracts/Service Agreements Team
Truong, Frank Director, SIO Office of Contract and Grant Administration, Assistant Deputy Director for Research SIO
  • Domestic Industry Contracts/Agreements
  • Foreign Government and Industry (excluding SEMC and JAXA)
  • Domestic and Foreign Visitor Agreements (including intellectual property agreements)
  • Unfunded Collaboration Agreements (foreign)
  • Equipment Loan Agreements
  • Miscellaneous Agreements - (CalCOFI MOU, Tuna Commission Agreement, NOAA CIMEC MOU, NOAA Seawater Agreement, Lunar Sample Agreements)
  • Homeland Security
  • Special Projects/lead on major project proposals/award negotiations
Tsueng, Ann Principal Manager, Contract and Grant GC, HS Direct Federal Grants Post Award Team
Vega, America Senior Contract and Grant Officer II GC, HS Contract and Grant Proposal Team
Villanueva, Jane Senior Contract and Grant Officer II GC, HS Non-Profit Federal Flow Through Team
Wang, James Principal Contract and Grant Officer GC, HS Industry Agreements Team
Williams, Leah Principal Contract and Grant Officer GC, HS Industry Agreements Team
Wolff, Suzanne Assistant Director, Contract and Grant GC, HS Non-Profit Federal Flow Through Team
Zardouzian, Erin Assistant Director, Contract and Grant GC, HS Industry Agreements Team

Organization Charts

Our Customers

  • Academic Affairs Units
  • Health Sciences Units
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography Units
  • Research Affairs Units

Our Services

  • Proposal Review and Submission to Sponsors
  • Post-Submission and Just-in-Time Activities
  • Award Negotiation and Set-Up
  • Non-Financial Contract and Grant Administration
  • Research Administration Training, Communications, and Client Experience
  • Research Administration Enterprise Business Process Improvement and System Administration 
  • Research Administration Business Intelligence (Enterprise Data, Reporting, and Analytics)

Our Teamwork Values

  • Hard Worker/Committed
  • Humble
  • Resilient/Adaptable
  • Respectful
  • Dependable
  • Transparent/Communicative
  • Inclusive
  • Accessible/Approachable

Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)

  • Racism and oppression are not acceptable. The Sponsored Projects Office is committed to:
    • Listening and hearing from our minority communities to better identify their needs and work towards equality.
    • Educating ourselves so that we can better and more fully understand ways to have more effective dialogues and more sustainable change.
    • Engaging with EDI and our community to ensure we navigate and put in place meaningful change in the most appropriate and sensitive way.
  • For more information visit Research Affairs Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Contact Us

Contact us

Email: researchadmin@ucsd.edu
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time)

Location and Delivery Address

Sponsored Projects Office 
University of California, San Diego
10300 North Torrey Pines Road
Level 3 West
La Jolla, California 92037
(map)

Mailing address

Sponsored Projects Office
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0934
La Jolla, California 92093-0934

Health Sciences Sponsored Projects Pre-Award Office (HSSPPO)

University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0041
La Jolla, California 92093-0041

Phone: 858-822-4109

Directions

From the South via I-5:

  • Exit Genesee Avenue.
  • Turn left at the off-ramp and proceed up the hill past Science Center Drive and John J. Hopkins Drive.
  • Turn left at the third light onto North Torrey Pines Road.
  • Turn right into the first driveway with the UC San Diego sign.
  • Arrive at 10300 North Torrey Pines Road.

From the North via I-5:

  • Exit Genesee Avenue.
  • Turn right at the off-ramp and proceed up the hill past Science Center Drive and John J. Hopkins Drive.
  • Turn left at the third light onto North Torrey Pines Road.
  • Turn right into the first driveway with the UC San Diego sign.
  • Arrive at 10300 North Torrey Pines Road.

Parking

Metered Parking: There are metered parking spaces to the left as you enter the driveway.
Torrey Pines Center North Parking Structure (Lot P391): B and S Parking Spaces.

For more information or questions email researchadmin@ucsd.edu.