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Proposal Preparation & Submission Overview

Proposal Submission Policy


Sponsored Program Services (SPS) is always available to answer questions and provide guidance throughout the proposal development and submission process to ensure compliance with University and sponsor policies. The SPS Pre-Award Team can be reached at preaward@uconn.edu. Our website contains helpful information to assist  you with your proposal preparation including policies and procedures, forms, budgeting information and our latest  Pre-Award Training Presentation. The Frequently Requested Information document provides our Authorized University Official information, DUNS number, FEIN number, Congressional District, where to send sponsor checks and much more.

Getting Started

The Principal Investigator (PI) initiates the proposal process. He/She is responsible for the technical content, budget, addressing compliance issues, and the quality and preparation of the proposal. It is important that the funding agency’s priorities and evaluation procedures are understood. It is a good idea to call the funding agency before submitting your proposal.  The program officer may be able to make valuable suggestions to improve your proposal or direct you to another program whose priorities might better match your proposal.

The Department Chair or Unit Head, and in most circumstances the College Dean, reviews and approves the proposal and budget, certifying that the project is consistent with the mission of the Department and College/School, the academic soundness of the proposal, that resources will be available and that no commitments of University resources are made other than those described.

Review & Approval

Once the proposal is prepared, it is forwarded to Sponsored Program Services at preaward@uconn.edu where it is reviewed for compliance with sponsor guidelines as well as Federal, State, and University regulations.  The University’s authorized representative reviews, approves and signs all proposals. The signatures indicate endorsement and commitment to the project.