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Office of Sponsored Research and Scholarly Activity

Welcome to the Office of Sponsored Research & Scholarly Activity (OSRSA).

Life University is dedicated to creating an environment and providing services that support research, scholarship and innovation across all departments, disciplines and program offerings at the institution. These activities are centrally coordinated through the Office of Sponsored Research & Scholarly Activity (OSRSA), an administrative unit reporting to the Chief Academic Officer and managed by a Director who works in consultation with a nine-member, cross-representational Research Advisory Council.

The OSRSA formulates policies, reviews and approves protocols, administers programs, compiles data, and provides pre- and post-award support to faculty, students and staff to advance the university’s research agenda, as well as departmental priorities and individual plans for growth. Major programs of the OSRSA include:


Funded Projects

This signature effort provides internal grant awards to support small-scale faculty-, staff- and student-led research and scholarly projects. It might be funding to test and evaluate neuro-based techniques in concussive research, complete an extended literature review on cultural competency and chiropractic education, or support collaboration between a team of investigators in nutrition and biopsychology to explore how mindfulness might influence healthy eating habits. OSRSA issues a call for applications each quarter, which are due by Noon on Monday, Week 8. Funded Projects applications are peer-reviewed by the Research Advisory Council. Final award decisions are made by the Chief Academic Officer in consultation with the Director of OSRSA. Click this link to download a copy of Funded Projects Instructions and Application.


RISE Scholarships

LIFE U recognizes that students must be introduced to and supported to engage in research and related activities early and throughout their matriculation at the university. This activity is critical to producing the next generation of researchers and thought leaders. Toward that end, the Research, Innovation, Service and Education — RISE – Scholarships provide opportunities for full-time equivalent students to compete for scholarship funding while working under the mentorship of a LIFE U faculty or staff advisor on research or other evidence-based education, service, entrepreneurial or creative project. Scholarship slots are equally divided between the College of Chiropractic and the College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies. Pending satisfactory progress, scholarships are renewable each quarter and recipients have the funds — $2250 — applied toward their tuition. RISE scholarship applications are by noon on Monday, Week 8. Click these links to download a copy of the RISE Guidelines and RISE Application Form.


Student Travel

To be eligible for an OSRSA Student Travel Award, students must be accepted to make a presentation of a poster, paper, workshop, or creative work at a conference, symposium, or other gathering recognized by a professional association conducting work in or related to the field of study. Students pursuing travel award funding must work with a Life University faculty or staff who will agree to serve as a mentor, which includes providing guidance and feedback to the student (or team of students) during the ideation, planning and preparation process. Travel awards cover up to 80% of registration, travel, lodging and per diem costs. Applications are reviewed by the Research Advisory Council and are due by noon on Monday of Week 8. Click this link to download a copy of the OSRSA Student Travel Application.


Research and Scholarly Activity Awards

This bi-annual program advances LIFE’s ongoing commitment to developing, acknowledging and rewarding excellence in the broad range of research and scholarship being carried out on campus and in collaboration with other investigators locally, nationally and in other countries. Administered in collaboration with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), the Research & Scholarly Activity Awards program is open to faculty and staff at all ranks and from all departments and programs. Calls for applications are made twice annually, and projects being considered must have been published or presented no more than six months prior to submitting the application. Applications are peer-reviewed by the Faculty Development Committee and ranked as A-Level, B-Level or C-Level based on degree of quality, degree of effort, timeliness of effort and importance to the mission of Life University. Awards can range from $250 to $1,500. Click this link to download a copy of the Research & Scholarly Activity Awards guidelines. Applications are submitted using the OSRSA Research & Scholarly Activity Awards template in DocuSign.



The OSRSA is located in the Harris Center, Suite 138. Please feel free to stop by, schedule an appointment, or send an email to We look forward to hearing from you.


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