Office of Sponsored Programs and Research

Red Square Clark University Worcester MA



Nancy Budwig

Nancy Budwig

Dean of Research

Nancy Budwig serves the University as Associate Provost and Dean of Research. Her research responsibilities include leadership in developing the research mission of the University. Major responsibilities include: managing the OSPR staff; promoting faculty research; and oversight of regulatory compliance including human participants, environmental health and safety, patents and copyrights, and the University’s conflict of interest policy. The Dean of Research is the authorized signatory for all sponsored programs and research at the University and provides final approvals on major budget related matters.

In her role as Dean of Research, Dr. Budwig works closely with the Corporate and Foundation Relations office in University Advancement and the OSPR on obtaining external funding. Dr. Budwig also works closely with the Provost on strategic initiatives and implementation plans for Clark’s research centers and institutes.


Susan Puryear

Susan C. Puryear

Director of Sponsored Programs and Research

The Director assists the Dean of Sponsored Research in both working with the University community to obtain and administer external support for research, as well as managing the OSPR. The Director’s responsibilities include the stewardship of federal grants for University signature programs, review and approval of grants and contracts, sponsored research opportunity development, support of faculty research through assisting in the identification of funding opportunities and strategic collaborations, and providing education and support services throughout the granting process from application to award management. Susan continues to work in developing policies and procedures for grant-related compliance, as well as developing, reviewing, and negotiating research-related contracts.

Susan can be reached at (508) 421-3835 or


Diane Sainsbury

Diane Sainsbury

Office Assistant/IRB Coordinator, Office of Sponsored Programs and Research

The Assistant is the first point of contact for IRB related matters and is responsible for overseeing the organization of proposal submissions and the meetings of the IRB.  Additionally, Diane processes research related Non-Employee Affiliations, provides general office support for grant related activities, assists with reporting on indicators of grant activity and updating website content, and provides staff support for Research Board activities including Faculty Development Fund administration.

Diane is with the office part-time and can be reached at (508) 421-3880 or

Mondays through Fridays 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.