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The College of Arts & Sciences has newly formed the Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) to support proposal submissions and to advance understanding of sponsored projects. The team has developed a pre-award intent to submit form and workflows that are intended to expedite and improve proposal submissions. 


Principal Investigators (PIs) are now being asked to complete a quick intake form as soon as a decision has been made to submit a proposal. After the form is submitted, coordination of support (if necessary) will occur between the Office of Research and Creative Activity staff and Unit staff.

Faculty can elect to:

1. lead the submission without assistance from Unit or ORCA staff; or

2. seek Unit support, if available; or

3. request ORCA support, as timing allows

PIs should consult with Unit support staff to determine the availability of pre-award support. Likewise, PIs should consult with ORCA staff to determine what support can be provided according to an anticipated submission timeline.

It is recommended that the intake form be completed even if a proposal submission is PI-led or supported by Unit staff.

For additional information about this new process, please refer to these resources:

Our office provides custom concierge service to PIs for the preparation and submission of all non-technical proposal documents, which allows PIs to focus on preparing technical narratives. We ensure compliance with internal and external requirements. These services include: 

  • Interpreting sponsor guidelines 
  • Creating sponsor-specific timelines and checklists 
  • Developing budget and justification documents with PI 
  • Building proposal packages (,, etc.) 
  • Obtaining subrecipient and consultant paperwork 
  • Ensuring cost share commitments are accurate 
  • Entering Cayuse SP proposal information 
  • Assisting with proposals being awarded 
  • Training on award management best practices

Just-in-Time Proposal Changes

Office of Research and Creative Activity staff will assist you with changes after proposal submission and prior to award execution


Topics related to submitting proposals and managing awards


Development of guidance documents and tools to support facilitation and management of external funds


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