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Proposal Preparation

Policy Statement

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Faculty members and researchers across the University engage sponsors and co-investigators as collaborators through sponsored programs to invigorate discovery and to participate in the intellectual communities of their disciplines. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is committed to facilitating and enabling this engagement while providing responsible stewardship of University commitments and resources.

University of Scranton policy requires that all members of the University (faculty/staff) confer with the ORSP before submitting proposals to external funding agencies (federal, state, local, private) regardless of the grant amount.  ORSP will procure appropriate academic and administrative approval before submitting proposals to external funding agencies.

The timely submission of proposals ensures sufficient time for review of proposal narratives and budgets for compliance with University and sponsor policies.

Proposal Submission Requirements

Faculty and staff should submit the complete and final proposal, accompanied by an Externally Funded Project Approval Form (EFPA) to ORSP at least five (5) full business days prior to the sponsor's due date. The request for exception to this policy must be made by the Principal Investigator to Dr. Tabbi Miller-Scandle, Director of Research and Sponsored programs. In cases in which the University of Scranton is a subcontractor, the sponsor's due date will be determined by the submitting institution.

The EFPA form should be signed by the Principal Investigator (PI), any co-investigators from the University of Scranton, and the Department Chair of the PI. ORSP staff will secure approval by the Dean, the Provost and the Sr. VP for Finance & Admin.

For assistance with the EFPA form contact Therese Kurilla at 570-941-6362 or

Resources to assist with grant proposals

ORSP offers education materials to assist with grant proposals. Click here for details.