Please email the Office of Research and Creative Activities (ORCA) at as soon as possible about your plan to submit a proposal, including the solicitation/request for applications (RFA) link and the due date. A member of the pre-award team will be assigned your proposal and will be in contact regarding proposal timeline and requirements. You may schedule a meeting with your team member to discuss proposal submission at any time.  

  • Note that it’s easier to move your target deadline than it is to fit a proposal in at the last minute. 

  • Your team member will determine which internal forms/paperwork need to be filled out and will send these to you as required. 

  • All proposal components should be sent to ORCA 2 weeks in advance of the proposal due date/deadline to receive a full review as the Office of Sponsored Programs Administration (OSPA) requires all proposal materials 5-business days in advance of the sponsor due date.  

We understand that special circumstances may occur in which it is impossible to give more than two weeks’ notice on submission. Submission requests received less than two weeks from the sponsor’s due date will require permission from the department chair and the Office of Research and Creative Activities manager.  


Office of Research and Creative Activities (ORCA)