The trend in electronic research administration (eRA) continues to grow, with many federal agencies and other sponsors requiring proposal and award management through their particular eRA system. The PI is required to register with each relevant agency. The proposal package must be uploaded into RAMSeS by the administering department for final review and submission five to seven days prior to the agency’s application deadline date to allow for corrections and approval by a signing official for the University. The Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) is responsible for approval and submission of applications from the Med School and the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) is responsible for all others. Barbara Entwisle, Vice Chancellor for Research, should be listed as the Grants Officer in all applications.
OSR has developed the following guidelines for various sponsors and their eRA systems. For more information about developing the actual contents of proposals, refer to the OSR Research Toolkits.
- American Heart Association (AHA)
- North Carolina Biotechnology Center (NC Biotech)
- Internal Processing Form-Electronic Routing for Approval Implementation
Grants.gov serves as the centralized point of assess for 26 Federal grant-making agencies, allowing organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities. Grants.gov serves as the central portal for submitting grant applications, which are then forwarded to the respective funding agencies. Those listed below each have electronic research administration systems for maintaining data on proposals and awards.
Because applications must be submitted by OSR and SPO on behalf of the PI, the University is already registered as an institution and you do NOT need to register with Grants.gov as an individual. It will be necessary to register with the appropriate individual federal agency, however, to track your submitted proposal and any subsequent award information.
- Find Grant Opportunities at Grants.gov.
- Grants.gov Step-by-Step: Quick guide for UNC-CH Researchers on using Grants.gov for electronic proposal preparation.
With NSF’s electronic research administration system, FastLane, PIs can prepare proposals and save them as works in progress. Fastlane comes with a comprehensive guide and introduction to the system for new users.
- Proposal & Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 11-1) effective 1/18/2011
- Budget Template: Use for preparing detailed budget that can be uploaded in RAMSeS
- Research Data Toolkit: UNC Libraries provides guidance for writing Data Management Plan
OSR has produced a outline for preparing NIH electronic applications used by PIs and departments when completing institutional information and processing the application package for submission. Other helpful materials include:
- Obtain a eRA Commons User Name/ID
- SF424 (R&R) Application and Electronic Submission Information
- Person Month Conversion Table
- SNAP and non-SNAP Report Prep
- Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) pilot for Fellowships
- Online Training Materials
DARPA is the central research and development organization for the Department of Defense or DoD. DARPA opportunities are found in FedBizOpp.gov, the central portal for applications by federal buyers and vendors. Registration requires the University’s DUNS #. PIs must for register each time they submit an application to a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) or Request for Proposal (RFP).
DoE requires formal applications to be sent electronically by an authorized University official through its Industry Interactive Procurement System (IIPS). The DOE Office of Science Grants and Contracts Division provides the appropriate Grant Application Forms for submission through IIPS.
The application package specifies which system is required for submission, and in some cases, if paper applications are allowable in lieu of electronic submissions.
NASA’s eRA systems is NSPIRES, the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System, which follows the proposal from initial solicitation through the final publication of results. A relatively newer system, NSPIRES provides extensive help in getting started and a comprehensive listing of solicitations.
FedBizOpps.gov provides a listing of opportunities for federal buyers and vendors for support and procurements exceeding $25,000. Many agencies provide for electronic submission through this site.
ProposalCENTRAL is a cooperative e-grantmaking website shared by its members from many government, non-profit, and private grant-making organizations, including the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, Arthritis Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Lance Armstrong Foundation and countless others.
As of January 2009, the AHA will begin accepting electronic submissions for its current funding opportunities through the web-based system, Grants@Heart. Paper submissions are no longer accepted. Deadlines by the AHA occur closely to NIH deadlines for new and non-competing applications, so a large volume of grant activity takes place each January. Thus, it is particularly important to expedite review and approval of internal budgets and all completed administrative components of applications (including “Other Support”) well in advance of the final package upload in RAMSeS.
The North Carolina Biotechnology Center provides research and education grants to help researchers leverage larger amounts from federal agencies or venture funding groups. On-line proposal preparation and submission is available for a variety of funding types.
For information about other funding opportunities, visit the Funding Information Portal.