MainSpring Seminar: COVID Issues in Managing Sponsored Projects

There are many new questions due to the impact of COVID-19 on the administration of research and sponsored programs.  This panel will provide some administrative guidance and be prepared to take your questions regarding management of sponsored programs in time of COVID-19.   Current questions can be submitted ahead of time to

Topics in this virtual Zoom session include, but are not limited to: purchasing, documenting costs, and requesting no-cost extensions. This will be an interactive session with examples and opportunities for questions. Please join us!


  • Rob Ferl, Professor of Horticulture and Assistant VP for Research
  • Joshua Pesch, Sponsored Programs Manager
  • Tiffany Schmidt, Assistant VP & Director of Contracts & Grants
  • Lisa Deal, Assistant VP and Chief Procurement Officer or Nicola Heredia, Director of Procurement
  • Brett Wallen, Accounting Manager/Travel
  • Natalie Andrietta, Assistant Controller/Controller’s Office
  • Randy Staples, Associate Controller of Disbursement Services

Monday, August 10, 2020
9:30 – 10:30 am

Registration closes Monday, August 3 and space is limited so don’t delay, register today!


  • Ronda C. Mitchell, M.Ed.
  • Grants Training Manager
  • UF Human Resource Services
  • Training & Organizational Development
  • 352-273-1756