The Office of Research & Sponsored Programs resides within the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.


This office has primary responsibility for:

  • Internal approval of proposals for grants and contracts submitted to external sponsors
  • Internal controls and reporting for externally-funded projects
  • Implementation of University of Illinois research-related policies, including:
    • Conflict of Commitment and Interest
    • Intellectual Property (including Patents and Copyrights)
    • Academic Integrity in Research and Publications
  • Review of protocols involving human subjects in research
  • Review of protocols involving animal subjects in research

Please follow the links at the top for more information on these topics.

Staff are available to make presentations to classes and faculty meetings on topics such as proposal preparation, identification of funding sources, and use of human subjects in research. Contact us for more information.

Hours of Operation:

Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. To 5:00 p.m.

Due to the COVID situation, most staff will work remotely from November 16, 2020 to January 16, 2021.

If you would like to meet in person, please contact the staff members.


LucĂ­a Vazquez, PhD

Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation

Phone: (217) 206-8112, Email: lvazq1@uis.edu

Susan Ryherd

Director of Research Administration

Phone: (217) 206-7409, Email: sryhe2@uis.edu

Charles Alsbury

Grants and Contracts Coordinator

Phone: (217) 206-7849, Email: ralsb01s@uis.edu

Holly Van Lyssel

Grants and Contracts Associate

Phone: (217) 206-6558, Email: hvanl2@uis.edu

To Be Hired

Program Coordinator, Sponsored Programs

Phone: (217) 206-8578, Email:

Charles Ogbogu

LLE Student Worker Assistant

Email: cogbo2@uis.edu


Office Location:

  • PAC Building, Room 515
  • Mailing Address:
    Research & Sponsored Programs
    University of Illinois at Springfield
    One University Plaza, MS PAC 525
    Springfield, IL 62703
  • Phone: (217) 206-7409
  • Fax: (217) 206-7623
  • Email: ora@uis.edu