Endorsement Process


The endorsement process is the internal mechanism utilized to obtain necessary project specific information, to route for internal review and approval by Department, School and Research and Sponsored Programs prior to submission to the Sponsor. The RAPSS Funding Proposal is the mechanism used for this purpose. It records the appropriate approvals and documents and serves as the University data repository. The RAPSS Funding Proposal is required for all submissions to external agencies even when the PI has the ability to submit to the sponsor directly to the Sponsor. Other important aspects of the endorsement process include:

  • A detailed, binding documentation between the department and the Research and Sponsored Programs Office where all appropriate signatures from the PI, Director/Chair, Dean, and our Specialist(s) must be obtained prior to submission of a proposal or award. When animal or human research, stem cells, or biohazardous materials are involved, our team will obtain signatures from the appropriate Compliance officer at time of award.
  • Required for all proposals (new, competitive renewals, and supplements/revisions), contracts, and clinical trials. All signatures are mandatory.
  • Required for non-competing continuations. Only the PIs signature is necessary. Department policies may require additional signatures for non-competing continuations.

Funding Proposals

A fully signed/executed RAPSS Funding Proposal ensures a proposed project is complete and consistent with the missions and policies of the department, college, and the university. The completed proposal also outlines all applicable proposal information for grants, contracts, MOA, MOU, Cooperative Agreements, and any other type of proposed submissions.

A complete and electronically signed RAPSS Funding Proposal is required at 12 p.m. noon 5 business days prior to the sponsor deadline date of any proposal for sponsored funding with the PI signature.

The complete Funding Proposal with all applicable signatures (e.g. department, chair, etc.) is required at 12 p.m. noon 2 business days prior to the sponsor deadline date of any proposal for sponsored funding. View all documents required for submission at the 5/2 business day deadlines.