Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP) reviews, signs, and submits all proposals submitted on behalf of the University seeking extramural support. Since both the Principal Investigator and the Authorized Organizational Representative (RSP staff) are responsible for the accuracy of the information proposals contain, RSP must have sufficient time to review the administrative portions. Consequently, researchers interested in submitting a proposal are urged to contact RSP as soon as a funding opportunity is identified. Click here to view a timeline of the proposal submission process.
Proposals routed too close to a deadline result in inadequate time for appropriate administrative review, correction, and certification, and may ultimately result in a poorly rated and/or rejected proposal. In some cases proposals may be returned by the agency without review if the proposal does not comply with all requirements.
As a result, in accordance with the University's best practices, all proposals, supplements, and amendments, including electronic proposals, must be routed for internal approval not less than three (3) business days prior to the sponsor due date. Proposals received less than three (3) business days prior to the Sponsor due date may be reviewed but the proposal accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Proposals that miss this deadline will not be prioritized ahead of proposals that have met the three (3) day review requirement.
Research and Sponsored Programs understands there may be mitigating circumstances for late preparation of a proposal. In these situations, individual circumstances will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and reasonable efforts will be made to review the proposals. However, if a late submission is expected, it is important to notify RSP in advance so an appropriate plan can be established.