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Award Lifecycle; Find Funding, Proposal, Receiving an Award, Award Management and Closeout.

Award Lifecycle

Finding Funding

There many sources of intramural and extramural funding to support your research, training, and other projects. These include federal, state, corporate, foundation, and internal Tufts funding opportunities. Please visit the OVPR website for information on funding sources. The Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) is the starting point for researchers wishing to develop partnerships with foundations and corporations.


While some funding agencies allow an investigator to submit applications for sponsored funding, all applications submitted by faculty, students, and/or staff at Tufts must be reviewed and approved by the OVPR Pre-Award office prior to submission. The Central Pre-Award office is the only entity authorized by Tufts to sign proposals for sponsored projects and accept awards on behalf of the University. Learn more about the Proposal Process here.

Receiving an Award

Please click here to review Tufts process of receiving a new award, responsible offices for various types of agreements, and differences between a sponsored award and a gift. This section also includes resources for planning international awards and for requesting an Advance Account.

Award Management

Click here to learn about the various aspects of award management, including allowable costs, effort, travel, rebudgeting, expense transfers, invoicing and reporting, carry-forward, and no-cost extensions.


Closeout is the term used to represent the actions taken at the end of a project, which is reached at the end date reflected in the award document. If no additional time or funding is needed to complete the project tasks and objectives, the award must be closed in a manner described below, a process made easier by good award management over the life of an award. The Principal Investigator (PI), the Local Research Administrator (LRA), and OVPR Pre- and Post-Award offices partner for timely closeout process.