Effective September 2008, the Faculty Support Center (FSC) assumed responsibility for assisting faculty with coordinating, preparing, and loading proposals into the required and appropriate e-portal, or to produce a final "hard copy" version ready for sponsor submission. The activity of proposal review and submission is a coordinated effort that is effected through the Faculty Support Center and the Office of Sponsored Programs.
FSC is responsible for reviewing all proposals for conformity with sponsor and Institute requirements and terms and conditions prior to submission. FSC staff will work closely with investigators so a well-prepared and complete proposal package can be submitted to OSP for final review and approval in order to meet a sponsor's stated deadline.
In order to achieve that goal, proposals must reach FSC at least five working days prior to the sponsor's deadline, or with prior review, three days in advance. Failure to meet the deadline may jeopardize the on-time submission of the proposal and may result in incomplete review by OSP (who has the end responsibility for review, approval and submission). Proposals not meeting the deadline may be submitted to the sponsor with conditional approval only. If subsequent review reveals that a proposal is incomplete or does not conform to Institute or sponsor requirements, OSP may, on behalf of the Institute, withdraw the proposal from sponsor consideration.
A fundamental aspect of the review process is submission to FSC and OSP of the completed and signed Proposal Routing Sheet and all required signed certifications forms, including approvals by the department/laboratory director and dean of the proposal. Without those filings and approvals a proposal cannot be submitted.