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Sponsored Programs Initiative Launches

In August, a report summarizing the diagnostic phase of the Magis Operational Excellence Program was released to the SLU community. (Skip to page 31 for an overview of the focus areas that MOE will address over time.)  One focus area is sponsored research/programs — the processes and structures that enable faculty to pursue funding and manage grants.   

New Initiative Team: Sponsored Programs

The Sponsored Programs Initiative Team seeks to design a university-wide approach to sponsored program support that provides effective and consistently high levels of customer-focused service.  The team will review and recommend improvements to processes and resources across the spectrum of support: funding identification, pre-award, award set-up, award management, and award closeout.  This work will address faculty development and mechanisms for cross-campus collaboration. While an environment that supports all types of scholarship is essential for the growth and development of the university and its faculty, this team will focus on activity funded by external organizations, such as government agencies, foundations and corporations.  The Sponsored Programs Initiative Team will seek input and expertise from many stakeholders through a variety of methods, such as interviews, focus groups, community forums and surveys.

The team members were selected by Provost Nancy Brickhouse and CFO David Heimburger to provide diverse work experience and perspective as well as coordinate with existing leadership groups, such as School of Medicine Research Planning Committee and Faculty Senate Advisory Committee on Research and Scholarship. The team members are:


Project Manager




Do you have a question about the Magis Operational Excellence program or the Sponsored Programs initiative team? Check out the online FAQs. Send us an email at or fill out the feedback form on the program website.  Or, reach out to any initiative team project manager or member with ideas, concerns, or questions.

Offer Your Expertise

Do you have a expertise to offer the Sponsored Programs initiative team? Contact project manager Matt Christian ( or send us an email at  You can also fill out the feedback form on the program website and we will add your name to the list of important stakeholders who have knowledge, expertise or ideas about improving the processes that lead to successful sponsored programs.

Thank You

Thank you for taking the time to read this message.  We are grateful for all of the feedback we have received since MOE began in February.  It has been instrumental in guiding the diagnostic phase (and report).  Keep it coming, please. 

Your program coordinators,

Eric Armbrecht, Ph.D., M.S.
Associate Professor

Mickey Luna, J.D.
Vice President, Human Resources

Launched in February 2016, Magis Operational Excellence is an institution-wide initiative designed to make SLU more efficient and effective, and identify opportunities for increased revenue and growth — all to enable the priorities identified in the University's strategic plan. The program stems from Initiative Five of our strategic plan that calls for us foster a culture of excellence, effectiveness and efficiency deeply rooted in our institutional mission and Catholic, Jesuit values.