Assistant Director, Sponsored Programs
David Smelser became assistant director in the Office of Sponsored Programs in 2014, where he supervises proposal management functions for the office. He serves as UT’s authorized organizational representative for proposals. Smelser enhances UT’s research enterprise through assisting faculty and staff with proposal submission and award administration. He performs proposal review, processing, and submission to sponsors, and reviews proposals for adherence to UT’s mission and policies, fiscally sound budgeting principles, state and federal laws and regulations, and sponsor guidelines. He also provides information on cost principles, uniform guidance, audit requirements for educational institutions, and fiscal management of grants and contracts. Smelser serves as the global administrator for the Cayuse system, which provides for the electronic routing and approval of sponsored program proposals and documents.