The University of North Alabama, through the Office of Sponsored Programs, supports the acquisition of external support in the form of grants and contracts to help University faculty and staff fully participate in research and creative activities. Among other things, this office provides assistance to faculty and staff with associated grant and contract pre-award activities such as locating funding sources, reviewing proposals, legal review processing, obtaining appropriate endorsements, and other related efforts. The Office of Sponsored Programs also oversees the post-award administration of grants and contracts as well as maintaining and administering such institutional polices as the Intellectual Property Policy, the Institutional Review for the Human Subject Policy, Conflict of Interest, and the Animal Use Policy. These policies are required by federal and state agencies and provide the ethical framework within which externally funded research and the results of such activities are managed at the University of North Alabama. In addition, this office provides guidance on meeting sponsor requirements for fiscal compliance, record keeping, reporting and evaluation.