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The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP)

Our Team

Kelba Sosa, Interim Director

Kelba SosaPlease direct your questions regarding proposal development to Kelba's attention at (ext. 8960)

Valerie Luria, Grants Finance Officer

Valerie LuriaPlease direct your questions regarding any of the following functions to Valerie's attention at (ext. 8093)

- Proposal Budget Preparation
- Summer Salary
- Finding Funding
- Release Time

Donnaree Smith, Grant and Contracts Administrator

Donnaree SmithPlease direct your questions regarding any of the following functions to Donna's attention at (ext. 7456)

- Cayuse Support
- Finding Funding
- Proposal Data Requests

Garcia Johnson-Stapleton, Office Administrator/Assistant to the Director

Garcia Johnson-StapletonPlease direct your questions regarding any of the following functions to Garcia's attention at (ext. 8107)

- Scheduling
- Workshop Reservations
- Research Foundation
- I-9/E-Verification


The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is Lehman College's pre-award hub. We assist with all aspects of proposal development from conception to post-award administration. ORSP also serves Lehman College as the official liaison to the Research Foundation of CUNY. Our goal is to alleviate the administrative burden associated with proposal preparation and support Lehman faculty in finding funding for their research. Specifically, we provide the following services:

  • Budget Preparation
  • CV Conversions to Biosketches
  • NIH/NSF Templates and Outlines
  • Compliance Review
  • Submission
  • Cayuse Support
  • Finding Funding
  • Liaise with Program Officers
  • Facilitate collaborations between internal and external faculty
  • Data collection and metrics