Office of Sponsored Projects


The vision of the Office of Sponsored Projects is to be a model sponsored project administration office. OSP fosters proposal development for research, education, and exhibitions throughout the Smithsonian; promotes and sustains sound business practices; and provides the highest quality of administrative management and financial services to support the Smithsonian Institution’s mission. OSP encourages an environment of professional and cultural diversity.


The Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) provides the Smithsonian community with administrative and financial services, through externally funded grants and contracts, to secure financial resources needed to carry out the Institution’s mission. These services include:

  • Identification of external sources of funding
  • Dissemination to potential principal investigators
  • Liaison with sponsors
  • Proposal development and preparation
  • Institutional and sponsor compliance
  • Proposal transmittal
  • Grant and contract negotiations and signature
  • Central administration of externally-funded projects
  • Financial management of externally-funded projects
  • Indirect cost calculation and negotiation
  • Audit liaison with Office of Naval Research, Defense Contract Audit Agency, Office of the Inspector General, and Sponsor Audit Liaison
  • Coordination, consultation, and collaboration with Smithsonian offices and units
  • Training of clients and staff
  • Advocacy of external funding
  • Performance measurement, analysis and reporting

This fact page was launched to assist principal investigators and collaborators in finding information when preparing proposals. Please note that all proposals that may result in a grant or contract must be reviewed by OSP before submission.

For additional information, see the public "About the Smithsonian" page by clicking here.

Legal Name: Smithsonian Institution

Type of Organization: Non-profit

Official authorized to sign grants and contracts on behalf of the Smithsonian: Tracey Fraser, Director, Office of Sponsored Projects

OSP Street Address (for delivery by courier): 

Smithsonian Institution 
Office of Sponsored Projects
2011 Crystal Drive, Suite 352
Arlington, Virginia  22202

Mailing Address:

Office of Sponsored Projects
Smithsonian Institution
P.O. Box 37012 MRC 1205 
Washington, DC 20013-7012 
Phone: (202) 633-7110
Fax: (202) 633-7119

Web Addresses:


Checks for grant and contract payments should be mailed to:

OSP Clearing Account 
24411 Network Place 
Chicago, Ill  60673-1241

Cognizant Audit Agency:

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Office of the Inspector General
NASA Headquarters
Washington, D.C. 20546-0001

Information on Indirect Cost Rates and Fringe Benefit Rates

Federal Taxpayer Identification Number:

Tax Exemption Certification Letter

National Science Foundation (NSF) Organization Number:

Dun and Bradstreet Number (DUNS#):

Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) Code:
3MXA0 (90998)

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code:

Cost Accounting Standard Disclosure Date:
October 2001

Smithsonian Animal Welfare Assurance Number:

Smithsonian Human Subjects Assurance Number:
IORG 0005809


Smithsonian Institution, Office of Sponsored Projects
P.O. Box 37012, MRC 1205 
Washington, D.C.   20013-7012

Phone:   (202) 633-7110
Fax:   (202) 633-7119

FedEx Address

Smithsonian Institution, Office of Sponsored Projects
2011 Crystal Drive, Suite 352, MRC 1205
Arlington, Virginia  22202

Directions to OSP in Crystal City (Arlington, VA)

Driving from Washington D.C.:  Take I395 South to Route 1 (Jefferson Davis Hwy) South exit.    
Take Exit 8C on the LEFT. At the light, make a LEFT onto 15th St. S., turn RIGHTat the light which is Crystal Drive, then end at 2011 Crystal Dr.  The underground parking will be on the LEFT at the light at 20th Street and Crystal Drive.  Park and make way to the elevators, take the elevators to the 3rd Floor, Suite 352.

Driving from I-95 North:  Merge onto I-395 N.  Take Exit 8C for US-1 S Pentagon City/Crystal City/ National Airport.  Merge onto S. Hayes St., stay straight to go onto 18th St. S., turn RIGHT onto Crystal Drive., end at 2011 Crystal Dr.  The underground parking will be at the light at 20th Street & Crystal Drive. Park and make way to the elevators, take the elevators to the 3rd Floor, Suite 352.

Metro (use the Yellow or Blue Line to Crystal City Station)

1.  Exit Metro to the street level.  Walk east on 18th Street (away from the highway overpass and towards the curved building) to Crystal Drive. Make a Right and walk to 2011 Crystal Drive which will be on your left across the street.  Take the elevator to the 3rd Floor, Suite 352. 


2.  Exit Metro to the underground level, turn left, and follow the underground tunnels to Crystal Plaza.  Follow the directions to 19th ST and Crystal Drive to Crystal Park 1.  Arrive at builiding 2011 Crystal Drive.  Take the elevator to the 3rd Floor, Suite 352.

map of crystal city