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 Office of Research Administration (ORA) prior to submission. ORA is the only entity authorized by Tufts to sign proposals for sponsored projects and accept awards on behalf of the University.
Refer to the Pre-Proposals for Sponsored Projects Policy if the submission process requires submission of a pre-proposal.
All applications for sponsored funding should be received by the Office of Research Administration (ORA) no later than FIVE business days prior to the funding agency deadline. Internal school / center approvals may proceed concurrently with ORA review.
ORA will review all proposals for administrative compliance with sponsor requirements as well as for alignment with Tufts internal policies and processes. Any revisions will be requested by ORA from the Principal Investigator (PI) and their Local Research Administrator (LRA) within two days from receipt of the proposal. This feedback must be addressed and all necessary school / center approvals must be in place no later than two business days prior to the funding agency deadline. Failure to meet these lead times means that the proposal is at risk of not being successfully submitted by the agency deadline, which is acknowledged by the Proposal Routing Addendum.
The ORA is a resource to both the investigator and LRA throughout the proposal process and is available during the entire process of preparation of the application.
The Office of Research Development (ORD) is also a resource for both the investigator and LRA throughout the proposal process. In particular, for NIH and NSF proposals, ORD has developed tools to help you organize your writing and to make writing standard sections more efficient while tailoring them to your particular goals or aims (see here). To ensure support for your application, be sure to contact ORD well in advance of your deadline.
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