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Pre-Award Services

Sponsored Program Pre-Award Services is dedicated to supporting the proposal development activities for all faculty. We will partner with Principal Investigators in proposal preparation, serving as a key resource in all matters related to University policies for proposal development and submission. Our goal is to meet or exceed faculty expectations for all Pre-Award activities.

Our Pre-Award Specialists perform the functions of the academic business office and Sponsored Program Services. These services include but are not limited to:


• Review sponsor guidelines and identify key issues
• Facilitate meetings with PI, business office, and other appropriate individuals
• Collaborate with VPR staff, as appropriate, during the proposal process
• Develop timeline for all input and approvals
• Prepare the budget and review the budget justification
• Secure subcontract information
• Assist with cost share commitments and documentation
• Involve University Contracting Group services if needed
• Assist with sponsor forms and electronic submission systems
• Assure the proposal meets all sponsor guidelines and is in final form
• Obtain appropriate academic and business office signatures
• Assist with sponsor requests for re-budgets, Just in Time information, etc.
• Provide Institutional approval for proposal

Once a Principal Investigator has decided to submit a proposal, the PI should contact the appropriate Pre-Award Center. The e-mail should include the PI name, unit, sponsor, deadline and reference to sponsor guidelines when available. Once the Pre-Award team receives this information you will be contacted by a team member. We also offer on-site services at a location convenient to the PI.