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Administrative Leadership

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Lisa M. Lee
Interim Senior Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation and Director, Scholarly Integrity and Research Compliance

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Randy Heflin
Senior Associate Vice President

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Mechelle Hypes
Business and Operations Manager

Sponsored Program Teams

Pre-Award Team

The Office of Sponsored Programs is the authorizing agent of the university for all extramurally funded sponsored activities. The Pre-Award unit has three primary functions during the proposal process:

  • Review solicitations and requests for proposals for specific budget and proposal preparation instructions
  • Prepare budgets for proposals according to Virginia Tech and sponsor guidelines
  • Submit all proposals to external sponsors
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Lauren Magruder
Director of Pre-Award

Contracts and Agreements Team

All awards, agreements and initiated subawards are reviewed and executed by the contracts and agreements staff.  This unit reviews the agreement and works with the faculty and sponsor, as necessary, to negotiate appropriate terms and conditions that meet sponsor, state, and university policies and procedures.

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Daniel Cockrum
Director of Contracts and Agreements

Post-Award Team

The Post-Award team tracks direct, indirect, and cost share expenses for all awards and assures compliance with an award’s sponsor, federal and university requirements, policies and procedures. This team also processes all billing and invoicing for sponsored projects as well as managing closeout procedures.

Financial Compliance and Integrity Team

The Financial Compliance and Integrity team  manages the Personal Activity Reports process and provides oversight of the financial transactions posted to sponsored projects. They also ensure that the revenues and expenses are allowable, allocable and reasonable, and are in compliance with federal and state laws; regulations and policies, university policies and procedures, and with the terms and conditions of the individual grant and contract agreements.

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Divyabala Amin

Director of Financial Compliance and Integrity