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Peter Lisi, Director

OSP is the department on campus responsible for the solicitation and management of funding from institutional funders. This includes the identification, submission, post-award management, and compliance for various types of funding (i.e., grants, contracts, subcontracts, cooperative agreements) from corporations and corporate foundations, private foundations, and public entities at the city, state, and federal level. OSP also offers a series of workshops throughout the year to faculty and staff on topics such as research funding opportunities, proposal development, budgeting and post-award grant management.

Phone: 860.768.5938
Fax: 860.768.5942

Christina m. lapierre, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Christina will work closely with all faculty and staff to identify funding opportunities related to research and programmatic research for the University; development and submission of grant proposals to government funding agencies, budget development, and is a liaison with our external agencies. She provides technical assistance and monitors compliance with funder’s requirements. She reviews proposals for accuracy and compliance as it relates to the University of Hartford policies, and works with Financial Accounting in the establishment of University grant accounts. She will conduct/present faculty workshops/orientations, inform faculty/staff how to understand the grant/research process, and work in collaboration with all University Departments. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Christina Lapierre directly. 

Phone: 860.768.5939
Fax: 860.768.5942

Antonia guilford, Program Coordinator

Toni provides administrative support for OSP with a focus on maintaining the processes and procedures required for the submission and oversight of grant proposals and awards; grant award communications and website and administrative support for key events. She provides assistance to ensure the effective operation of departmental programs and is also responsible for Grants Research, Subawards, Time and Effort Reporting, Closeout Reporting and Departmental Budget Management.

Phone: 860.768.5940
Fax: 860.768.5942

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Other Contacts


Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Institutional Advancement

Keeley's office reports to the office of Institutional Advancement. Keeley handles all grant requests that relate to private funding, including corporations and foundations. She helps identify, cultivate and solicit private funding organizations for support of the University of Hartford and helps faculty and staff build ongoing relationships with funders. She provides guidance and information for the development of grant proposals and subsequent budget management and reporting. Keeley also reviews, edits and provides ongoing feedback to faculty and staff on proposals and reports which are being submitted to private funding organizations.

Phone: 860.768.2441
Fax: 860.768.2454

Scott Bernier, Grants and Restricted Funds Accountant

Financial Accounting

Scott  works closely with OSP in award setup and the post-award fiscal management of the University's grants and contracts. Though not part of OSP, he is a key contact for faculty managing their grants.

Phone: 860.768.4632
Fax: 860.768.4067

Clark Saunders, Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies

Office of the Provost

Clark is the primary liaison to the Provost and provides the final review before grant proposals go to the Provost for signature. He works closely with OSP to ensure University policies are being followed.

Phone: 860.768.4504
Fax: 860.768.4070

Barbara crane, Professor

Human Subjects Committee (HSC)

Professor Crane is the contact for the University of Hartford's Human Subjects Committee (HSC/IRB) the committee that oversees grant proposals involving human subjects. She confirms for OSP that the appropriate documentation has been submitted to the HSC prior to the submission of any grant proposal involving human subjects.

Phone: 860.768.5371

Dennis K. Wasko, Associate Professor of Biology and Director of Associate in Science Program

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

The IACUC is governed by the Animal Welfare Act, and oversees any use of animals for laboratory and research purposes.  Any project or course involving the use of live vertebrate animals must first receive IACUC approval before work can begin. IACUC approval is not required for projects using dead specimens or invertebrate animals.

The attached proposal form should be completed and submitted by email to the IACUC chair for committee approval.  Be sure to allow several weeks for IACUC review.

Phone: 860.768.4925