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Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP)


The staff of the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) facilitates the federal grants and contracts workflow for faculty members and staff here at HPU.  

OSP plays a crucial role in facilitating the acquisition of external funding for various purposes, including research, equipment acquisition, professional and program development, and service projects.  

As part of its pre-award support services, OSP reviews and guides grant applications through the routing system, ensuring a smooth process, and coordinates the timely submission of proposals to funding agencies.

During the post-award stage, OSP guides and supports the grant process by establishing accounts, processing budget transactions, approving purchase requisitions and cost transfers, and ensuring compliance with contract terms. They also monitor time and effort reporting, fiscal aspects of project closeout, and adherence to policies and procedures. 

Projects funded by external sources must adhere to both HPU's policies and guidelines as well as those set forth by the sponsors. In case of any conflicts between the two, the agreement/contract governing the parties' relationship should specify which institution's policies and procedures take precedence. If the agreement/contract is silent on this matter, the general rule is to follow the strictest requirements. However, it is essential to note that federal and state laws and regulations supersede university policies, and university policies and guidelines take precedence over school, department, or lower unit bylaws, policies, or guidelines. In any situation where there is uncertainty, PD/PIs are encouraged to reach out to OSP, or the OUC for guidance.

Federal and state funding sources have stringent policies and guidelines for awardees. The OMB issued the "Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards" (Uniform Guidance) (2 CFR Chapter I, Chapter II, Part 200, et al.) in December 2013, which outlines these requirements. A copy of the OMB Uniform Guidance is hyperlinked above. Additional information can be found on the updates and guidance effective in November 2020 which can be downloaded: https://www.ecfr.gov/current/title-2/subtitle-A/chapter-II/part-200.

  • HPU Grant procurement policies (HPU website)
  • HPU University’s Travel Policy: Can also be found using the steps below.
    • Access My.hpu.edu
    • Click on faculty Services (on the left sidebar menu)
    • Click on Human Resources
    • Under Manual section, look for “Travel & Expenses Policy “
  • Contract Approval Guidelines: Can also be found using the steps below.
    • Access My.hpu.edu
    • Click on faculty Services (on the left sidebar menu)
    • Click on Human Resources
    • Under Manual section, look for “Contract Approval Guidelines “
  • Policy on Faculty Compensation from Grants
  • Policy for Fringe Benefits from Grants
    • Under HPU's Facilities and Administrative Cost rate agreement (2021-2025), the Fringe benefits are included in the direct costs: FICA, WORKERS COMPENSATION, MEDICARE, MEDICAL/LIFE/DRUG/VISION/DENTAL INSURANCE, UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION, TEMPORARY DISABILITY INSURANCE, RETIREMENT, AND TUITION WAIVER.
  • Grant Property and Inventory Management Policy
    • Fixed Assets Inventory Memo and Fixed Assets Inventory Procedures (OSP website)
  • HPU Conflicts of Interest (For employees) : Can also found using the steps below.
    • Access My.hpu.edu
    • Click on faculty Services (on the left sidebar menu)
    • Click on Human Resources
    • Under HR Form section, look for “Conflict of Disclosure Form”
    • The policy is on Page 2.
  • HPU Signature Authority Limits Schedule : Can also found using the steps below.
    • Access My.hpu.edu
    • Click on faculty Services (on the left sidebar menu)
    • Click on Human Resources
    • Under Manual section, look for “HPU Signature Authority Limits Schedule “


  • The University complies with all state and federal regulations, including:
  • Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • The Older Americans Act of 1975
  • The American with Disabilities Act of 1990
  • OMB Circulars A-21, A-110, A-122, A-133

OMB 2 CFR Chapter I, Chapter II, Part 200, et al. (Uniform Guidance)

Contractual Policy: All contractual agreements between HPU and external sponsors must undergo a thorough review and approval process, adhering to HPU's contracting policies. This process includes comprehensive legal and financial assessments of contracts and requires signatures from authorized institutional representatives.

Non-discrimination Policy: HPU upholds a strict non-discrimination policy, ensuring that race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, or veteran status do not influence any of its policies, practices, or procedures. As a private university, HPU is exempt from Federal Income Tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code. For inquiries concerning tax deductible donations, please direct your questions to the Office of University Advancement.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued the “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards” (Uniform Guidance) (2 CFR Chapter I, Chapter II, Part 200, et al.) in December 2013. The OMB Uniform Guidance supersedes and streamlines requirements from eight OMB circulars, A-21, A-87, A-110, A-122, A-89, A102, A-133 and A-50 into one document.

For National Science Foundation (NSF), a copy of the Grant Policy can be downloaded HERE.

For National Institutes of Health (NIH) projects, the policy manual can be found in HERE.

For U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the grant management guidance is available for reference HERE.


OSP uses a variety of forms for various parts of the grant application. The most common OSP forms can be downloaded in the hyperlinks below:



Only regular HPU faculty or full-time employees can serve as the Project Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) or Co-PI, and are eligible to submit grant research proposals, either individually or jointly. This requirement ensures that sponsored research and programs are led by qualified individuals with appropriate institutional affiliations, and typically, Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) supports proposals from PD/PIs.

Requests for special support will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. The prospective PD/PI can access OSP grant-support services as outlined in the HPU Grant Guidebook. Before the internal review process begins, it is essential to discuss the draft of the project with the PI's dean and OSP. This collaborative discussion will streamline the internal review, as OSP can identify and address any potential issues in the proposal. Ideally, the discussion with OSP should occur at least 30 days before the proposal due date, or as early as possible based on the grant application opportunity's publication date.

All grant and contract applications require internal review/routing and approval from HPU before submission to the funding agency. OSP guides the grant proposal through the routing and approval process. Faculty, administrators, or staff are not authorized to seek grants or external funding on behalf of the university without prior approval. The initial step involves filling out the OSP Form1 (routing form), obtaining all necessary approval signatures, and sending it to OSP. Proposals leading to extramural funding should have early buy-in, support, and input from HPU leadership, including chairs, deans, Provost, and key directors, to ensure alignment with institutional, college, and department priorities. Refer to Appendix III for details.

Complete proposals should be submitted to OSP (PREAWARD@HPU.EDU) at least ten (10) business days before the sponsor deadline to allow for review of the proposal, budget, and all required attachments and forms. If advice or input from other university departments such as University Counsel, Human Resources, or Financial Aid is needed, additional time will be required. OSP is available to meet with PD/PIs as needed before the internal submission deadline to coordinate the grant application elements and clarify expectations during the final routing process. Appendix II provides information on the typical Roles and Responsibilities of different parties involved in the process.

For a grant or contract to be valid and enforceable, it must be signed by an authorized university official with specific delegation for signing on behalf of the university. Negotiating and resolving proposal and award issues may require coordination among the sponsoring agency, OSP, PD/PI, and, where necessary, the Office of University Counsel (OUC) and Business Office. The involvement of each party is critical for a successful award with mutually acceptable terms and conditions.

OSP and OUC have the primary responsibility for negotiating award terms and conditions with sponsors. The HPU PD/PI is involved in this process and can play a crucial role in achieving mutually acceptable award terms. However, final authority to accept an award rest with OSP and/or OUC. Prior to acceptance, OSP and OUC will review the award to ensure its compatibility with the university's sponsored research regulations, policies, and procedures, inclusion of all agreed-upon elements, approved contract language, and the PD/PI's concurrence with any non-standard or complex terms.

Payment/Reimbursement Processing

PD/PI is responsible for initiating all grant-related payment processing including submitting vendor invoices, expenses reimbursement and Purchasing Card purchases. PD/PI should follow the OSP procurement policy and HPU travel policy and additional guidelines listed in this guidebook to get appropriate approval.

For each expense/reimbursement process, the PD/PI should consider the following:

  1. Check the grant budget.
  2. Check the agreement to confirm any unallowable items.
  3. Write down the justification (the reason of spending) which needs to benefit to the specific grant and then sign and submit to OSP along with a copy of the budget to identify the available of budget amount and category.
  4. Email the forms and backup information to GRANT_PMT@HPU.EDU . All requests will be processed by first come first process base. Special requests will be evaluated case by case base.
  5. If the payment is made through the p-card, PI needs to make sure the balance of the grant is good enough to cover the payment. OSP will check on the allowability—it will be a risk for the payer to absorb the expense if the payment is not allowable. If the amount is over $2500, need to get pre-approval from OSP
  6. For Grant-funded travel, pre-approval should be submitted before traveling.

When OSP receives the request, Senior Grant Specialist – Grant Accounting (SGS-GA) will check all needed documents, all required approvals, the budget allowability and balance of the category to approve. If the PD/PI provides a copy of the budget, it will move the approval faster.

After OSP approves the payment, the request will be forwarded to the Business Office for processing.

Any participant support payment or stipend, PD/PI should allow more time to work with SGS-GA. Those requests are very labor intensive and need a lot of documents collected such as vendor form, W-9. OSP is very eager to assist the PD/PIs. However, more preparation time is needed to prepare a successful experience.

Billing the Sponsors (Fund Drawdown and Invoicing)

Most of the grants and contracts are cost reimbursable. OSP will run Cognos financial report per grant fund number. OSP will perform a review of the financial records and then send them to the PD/PI for review. If any errors and any missing transaction will be fixed in this time. If PD/PI confirms no issue, OSP will notify the Business Office for fund drawdown and draft out the invoices to the Business Office to review, sign off and send to the sponsor.

The Business Office will perform fund drawdown from The Payment Management Services (PMS) to request grant payments if the direct sponsors are Federal agencies. The Business Office will submit invoices to direct sponsor for payment if the direct sponsor is a non-federal agency. The prime sponsor may be federal agencies and pass the federal funding through non-federal agencies to HPU.

A very small portion of grants and contracts are “fix-priced”. The funding of the grants/contract is fixed regardless of the actual spending. Those contracts are mainly deliverable or product. The Business Office and OSP will work with PIs to confirm the deliverables before invoicing.


Hawaii Pacific University places significant emphasis on upholding the highest standards of research conduct. To promote ethical research practices and ensure compliance with federal guidelines, the university has established a comprehensive Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) program. The primary objective of this program is to educate and remind faculty, staff, and student researchers about best practices while preventing conflicts and ethical lapses in ten core RCR areas:

  • Human Subjects Research
  • Animal Subjects Research
  • Authorship
  • Mentoring
  • Collaborative Research
  • Peer Review
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Plagiarism
  • Data Management
  • Research Misconduct

We strongly encourage all faculty, staff, and student researchers to actively participate in the RCR series. One effective method for completing the program is by utilizing a combination of the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) online RCR modules. These modules are specifically designed to cover the essential aspects of the Responsible Conduct of Research.

While participation is strongly recommended for all researchers, it becomes mandatory for research teams that secure specific extramural funding. Additionally, at the discretion of the dean, RCR training may be required for department chairs, faculty involved in teaching research classes, and faculty with designated release time for research.

By actively engaging in the RCR program, our research community at Hawaii Pacific University can further strengthen the integrity and quality of research endeavors, ensuring our commitment to ethical practices and compliance in every facet of our research pursuits.

Conflicts of Interest

Project and prospective PD/PIs must take reasonable steps to ensure that applying for a given grant will not constitute an impropriety or conflict of interest for them or for HPU. Such situations include but are not limited to areas of personal or financial gain for the applicant, advantages that could be had by a grant applicant because of personal relationships, and circumstances that might compromise the University’s reputation or give the University an unfair competitive advantage. The PD/PIs and other collaborators (including faculty, staff, students, consultants, and co-investigators) must submit signed Potential Conflict of Interest (PCOI) forms at the time of grant application routing. The PCOI forms must be renewed annually. New collaborators should complete and sign a PCOI form when they join the project. HPU’s Employee’s Conflict of Interest Policy can be found on Page 2 of the Consolidated Conflict Disclosure Form in Human Resources.

Research Integrity

PD/PIs are expected to uphold the highest integrity in data collection, analysis, and dissemination and to avoid every act or appearance of plagiarism. All questions and concerns about research integrity should be directed to the Research Integrity Officer (RIO). In the event of an alleged violation of the Integrity in Research Policy, the RIO is responsible to evaluate the allegation and administer an investigation and hearing process if warranted. Recommendations from the investigations will then be made by the RIO to the provost. Research with Human and Animal Subjects PD/PIs intending work on any project that aims to produce generalizable research while using human subjects, including use of humans in surveys, must first obtain approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Similarly, projects involving the use of animals in research need prior approval of protocols submitted to the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). HPU compliance support procedures are in keeping with federal guidelines. Data and Data Ownership Retention of Federally Sponsored Research Data PD/PIs must retain all federally sponsored research data records three (3) years from the submission of the final expenditure report or three (3) years from the completion of the research as defined in the signed contract or grant award.

Research data records (also referred to as scientific records) include research or laboratory notebooks, preliminary research reports or summaries, protocols, records relating to the source of research materials and tools, adverse event reports, research reports, publications, and any other records that are necessary for the reconstruction and evaluation of the reported results of research and the events and processes leading to those results

RCR Implementation Plan

HPU’s Institutional Plan for Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training has been required for National Science Foundation (NSF), USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA), and National Institutes of Health (NIH) supported research since 2010. HPU is committed to upholding the highest standards of integrity among our

research community, and this plan addresses NSF, USDA‐NIFA, NIH and any other sponsor‐required RCR training. RCR training shall be completed online via the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) interactive, multi‐disciplinary, online platform.

Individuals required to complete training are as follows:

    • All students and postdocs receiving salary or stipend from an NSF-funded project must complete the CITI RCR training course. NSF funds include tuition and scholarship funds and participant support costs IF the supported program involves research or research training.
    • All project personnel including PIs/PDs, faculty, staff, students and postdocs receiving salary or stipend from a NIFA-funded project must complete the CITI RCR training course.
    • RCR training is required for all trainees, fellows, participants and scholars receiving salary or stipend from any of the following NIH programs: D43, D71, F05, F30, F31, F32, F33, F34, F37, F38, K01, K02, K05, K07, K08, K12, K18, K22, K23, K24, K25, K26, K30, K99/R00, KL1, KL2, R25, R36, T15, T32, T34, T35, T36, T37, T90/R90, TL1, TU2, and U2R. This policy also applies to any other NIH-funded programs supporting research training, career development, or research education that require instruction in RCR as stated in the relevant funding opportunity announcements.

NIH‐supported individuals are welcome to utilize the CITI RCR training courses, however online training alone does not meet NIH standards. PIs include detailed RCR training plans that meet NIH requirements in the proposal submission. It is the responsibility of the PIs to adhere to the plans, verify that training is completed and maintain training records. On February 17, 2022, notice NOT-OD-22-055 provides new recommendations on the format, frequency, and timing of instruction in the RCR and suggests additional topics for consideration.

OTHER FUNDING To be determined based on sponsor terms and conditions.


Assistant Vice President, Sponsored Projects

E: jowong@hpu.edu

P: 808-544-1489

L: WP6-401



Senior Grant Specialist – Pre-award/Grant Process

E: myabui@hpu.edu


E: AWARDS@HPU.EDU (Sponsor Communication)

P: 808-544-9341

L: WP6-401



Senior Grant Specialist – Grant Accounting

E: vseo@hpu.edu


E: OSP@HPU.EDU (General questions)

P: 808-687-7060

L: WP6-401

Export Controls

Export Control Laws are a set of federal regulations that restrict the release of certain items, information, and software to foreign nationals in the United States and abroad. HPU is fully committed to compliance with all U.S. Government export control laws and regulations. Export Compliance is the responsibility of all HPU faculty and staff. All personnel retained by or working at, consulting to, or volunteering for the University must comply with all export control laws and regulations while teaching, conducting research or providing service activities at or on behalf of the University.

Penalties for non-compliance with export control laws are severe and impact both the institution and the researcher. If an export control violation is determined by an investigating agency, an individual may be subject to civil and criminal penalties, and HPU may be subject to, among other penalties, debarment from government contracts. Contact the Office of University Counsel for further information and inquiry.

Export Control Laws and Regulations

"Export Controls" are federal laws and regulations that govern the transfer or disclosure of goods, technology, software, services, and funds originating in the United States to persons or entities in foreign countries OR to non-U.S. persons, even if located in the U.S. The University Counsel's Office provides support for university activities subject to the three primary export control regulations listed below.

  • International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
    • Citation: 22 CFR 120-130
    • Agency: Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), US Department of State
    • Statutory Authority: Arms Export Control Act (AECA)
    • Scope: Primarily military technology, technical data, and services.
    • Examples of Items Controlled: satellite technology, some unmanned aerial vehicles, global positioning systems, chemicals, night vision technology, navigation systems, sonar and radar systems, military electronics, and software.
  • Export Administration Regulations (EAR)
    • Citation: 15 CFR chapter VII, subchapter C
    • Agency: Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS), US Department of Commerce
    • Statutory Authority: Export Administration Act (EAA) and the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA)
    • Regulations: Export Administration Regulations (EAR)
    • Scope: Items in US commerce that are not controlled by another agency. Controls are predominantly related to dual-use (those with military and commercial utility) technology listed on the Commerce Control List.
    • Examples of Items Controlled: lasers, infectious agents, computers, encryption technology, sensors, navigation and avionics, propulsion systems, toxins, chemicals, certain materials for the manufacture of controlled goods, and telecommunications equipment.
  • Embargoes and Trade Sanctions or Foreign Assets Control Regulations (FACR)
    • Citation: 31 CFR 500-598
    • Agency: Office of Foreign Assets Control, US Department of the Treasury
    • Statutory Authority: Presidential National Emergency Powers and various legislation impacting international trade.
    • Regulations: International Trade Regulations
    • Scope: Varies among the different sanction programs. Sanctions may be comprehensive or limited.
    • Examples of Controls
      • Country-Based: Iran, Cuba, certain Ukraine regions, Syria, and North Korea.
      • List-Based: Counter Terrorism, Non-proliferation, and Counter Narcotics Trafficking.
      • The Iran Sanctions Guidance Document spells out specifics for Cornell faculty, staff, and students wishing to travel to Iran or engage with and Iranian entity.
  • Other Federal Agencies with Export Control Authority
    • Although the Departments of State, Commerce & Treasury are the primary agencies with export control authority for items, technology, associated non-public information, and services, there are other agencies that have authority over other types of goods and materials. The agencies listed below are examples, not a comprehensive list:
    • Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Agency, Department of Justice
    • Import/Export Quick Reference Guide and website
    • Food and Drug Administration
    • Export Guidance website
    • US Fish & Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
    • USFWS Import/Export Permit website
    • Nuclear Regulatory Commission
    • NRC Export-Import website
    • Department of Energy
    • National Nuclear Security Administration website; Office of Nuclear Energy website
    • Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Department of Agriculture

APHIS Import/Export website


Your proposal submission should start from sending the required forms to this email address.

Send your general grant-related questions to this email address and OSP will get back to you!

This email account is reserved for active grant team that need to submit the Grant funded requests: reimbursement/payment, payroll percentage changes, travel pre-approval/reimbursement and p-card purchase pre-approval.