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Submit Proposal

Given the complexity and time requirement of preparing and submitting a great proposal, it is critical that PI’s work with their department staff and OSP to follow the guidelines below.  Throughout the proposal review and submission process PI’s and administrators may track status information using the Activity Log.

10 Days prior to sponsor deadline

Send the applicable OSP Proposal Team notification of proposal and include the following:

  • Assigned APP number from the draft eTransmittal
  • Solicitation/RFP
  • Other documents if available – budget, budget justification, subaward budgets, subaward commitment forms, etc.

Note: If you anticipate submitting a proposal that will result in the funding of a contract versus a grant, the funding opportunity announcement must be submitted to OSP as soon as available. OSP may need to spend extensive time reviewing and providing exceptions to contract proposals.

6 Days prior to sponsor deadline

Send the applicable OSP Proposal Team the following items for review:

  • Budget
  • Budget Justification
  • Statement of Work
  • Subaward Budget, Subaward Budget Justification, and Subaward Commitment Form

The assigned OSP Proposal Team member will review the budget and provide comments/suggestions or budget approval to the administrative contact within two working days after receipt. Correspondence and review will continue between OSP and the department until the budget has been approved.  

Note: Budgets over $10M, budgets with multiple task breakdowns, or budgets with information estimating hours and/or hourly rates may require additional time for review.

Once OSP has approved the budget, attach required documents to the eTransmittal and begin routing.  For additional detail regarding our eTransmittal routing process please visit the Prepare eTransmittal Approval Form webpage.

To locate an approver for a college, please visit the eTransmittal Routing Signature Authority webpage.

To view a list of eTransmittals you have prepared and routed, sign into our Portal and review the “My Routed Proposals” section.

3 Days prior to sponsor deadline

Provide the applicable OSP Proposal Team with the final complete proposal for review via email attachment or released for review in the sponsor submission portal.  The eTransmittal must be routed up to OSP/BC/CGA level of approval.  Final proposals or eTransmittals that are not received by the three day deadline will be considered late.  For more information on late proposals please review MSU's Deadline Policy.

The assigned OSP Proposal Team member will review the proposal to verify compliance with the agency's and MSU's policies, guidelines, and requirements.  Correspondence and review will continue between OSP and the department until the proposal package has been approved/finalized.
Note: It is the primary responsibility of the Principal Investigator or departmental/college personnel, not OSP, to ascertain that the proposal meets the specific requirements specified in the funding opportunity announcement.

1 Day prior to sponsor deadline

OSP’s commitment: Proposals received on-time (3 days prior to the sponsor deadline) will be submitted to the sponsor at least one day prior to the sponsor deadline.

Day of the sponsor deadline

A proposal is considered at-risk when it is provided to OSP less than one full business day of the submission deadline (e.g., if the proposal has a 5 p.m. deadline, it must be to OSP before 8 a.m. on the deadline date or it is considered at-risk). The at-risk proposal must be specifically endorsed by the applicable research dean before it is reviewed by OSP. Please check with your College Research office for additional at-risk procedures that must be adhered to by your College. After receiving the endorsement from the research dean, OSP will make reasonable efforts to submit the endorsed proposal. OSP cannot ensure the same proposal service levels for at-risk proposals which may jeopardize receipt by the sponsor. For more information on at-risk proposals please review MSU’s Deadline Policy.

Proposals Not Submitted by OSP

Proposals that require submission by an Authorized Organization Representative are submitted by the Office of Sponsored Programs.  Proposals that do not have requirements for who submits the proposal are submitted by the PI or unit.  These proposals may still require a signature by an OSP Signature Authority (e.g. sponsor forms or MSU Commitment Form). This signature authority gives OSP the ability to approve proposals and execute contracts and related documents on behalf of the University. Please see our “Signature Authority for OSP” webpage for additional details and names of individuals who may sign on behalf of OSP.

Note: OSP signature will not be provided without a fully routed eTransmittal.

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