Sponsored Projects

Office of Sponsored Projects - Administering Grants and Research Projects

The mission of the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) at Western Illinois University is to provided comprehensive support services to the University community for the successful administration of externally sponsored projects.

OSP is committed to providing a full range of administrative services to the faculty, staff and administrative units at Western.  The goal of the OSP staff is to deliver our support services in an efficient and professional manner, which is in full compliance with external sponsoring agency guidelines.  

Please feel free to stop by our office located in Sherman Hall 320.

You can also call our office with any questions at (309) 298-1191.

About Us

Shannon Sutton. Shannon Sutton, Director

E-mail: SM-Sutton@wiu.edu

Contact Shannon for matters related to the review and approval of proposals to ensure compliance with:

  • University and agency policies and procedures

  • authorized organizational representative approval (official University signature for proposals in addition to certification, assurances, and representation), and

  • administration of University Research Council (URC) selection and awards.


J scott Jennifer Scott, Grants and Contracts Associate II

E-mail: JK-Scott1@wiu.edu

Contact Jennifer for services involving

  • the administration of awards, including the receipt and negotiation of all award documents;
  • account establishment;
  • review and processing of all requests for modifications, extensions, and amendments  of sponsored  projects and  processing of payroll forms.


Tracy Meredith, Grants and Contracts Associate I

E-mail: TJ-Meredith@wiu.edu

Contact Tracy for services involving Tracy Meredith

  • the administration of awards, including the receipt and negotiation  of all award documents;
  • account establishment;
  • review and processing  of all requests for modifications, extensions, and amendments of sponsored projects and processing of payroll forms.





Jill Marshall, Pre-Award Services

E-mail: JE-Marshall1@wiu.edu

Contact Jill for services involving

  • assistance with funding searches;
  • procurement of grant applications materials;
  • development of proposals and budgets;
  • electronic submission of proposals, and
  • requests for internal approval forms.





Rebecca Van Tine, Compliance Specialist

E-mail: irb@wiu.edu

Contact Compliance Specialist for federal compliance issues including

  • questions about human and animal subjects in research and
  • Institutional Research Board (IRB) policies and procedures



Emily Bozard, Office Support Specialist 

E-mail: ea-bozard@wiu.edu EB

Responsibilities include
  • the copying, mailing, and  tracking of all proposals;
  • maintaining the database of proposals and  awards;
  • making arrangements for workshops and seminars;
  • administration of URC awards; and
  • performing all those other assignments that keep the office running efficiently.