Office of Sponsored Programs
The Ohio State University

Proposal Submission

Prior to submitting a proposal, the PI must complete the Authorization to Seek Off-Campus Funds (ePA-005). Once completed, the ‘form’ is automatically routed for signature by each PI and Co-PI, and pre-designated Department and College approvers. The fully approved ePA-005 is the Office of Sponsored Program’s authorization from the department and college to submit the proposal. Submit your completed proposal (on paper or electronically, depending on sponsor requirements) and all other required documentation to the sponsored program officer with whom you have been working. The sponsored program officer will review the proposal for completeness and compliance with university and sponsor guidelines. The sponsored program officer will contact you for clarification or follow-up as needed.

Most proposals are submitted electronically via online systems. In general, Ohio State uses Cayuse, a system-to-system web-based tool is available for most federal/grants.gov proposal submissions. The major exception is that NSF proposals are submitted through Research.gov. Non-federal sponsors use a variety of submission mechanisms, which your sponsored program officer can assist with. In Cayuse and other online proposal submission systems, your sponsored program officer provides the official institutional signature by submitting the proposal.