Pre-Award Administration

"Pre-Award" Administration is dedicated to supporting the proposal development activities of UA's research faculty and encompasses the process through the PI's initial interest in the RFP through negotiation and receipt of award.  

A Principal Investigator (PI) should contact his/her Sr. Grant Coordinator (SGC) when the PI first learns of a funding opportunity. 

PIs do not have the authority to submit proposals or to execute contracts/agreements on behalf of The University of Akron.

Follow this link to view the ORA Proposal Deadline Policy.


PI Responsibility

Pre-Award Responsibility

Share the Funding Opportunity with Sr. Grant Coordinator and review guidelines

Review solicitation/RFP; interpret sponsor guidelines

Prepare draft budget and justification

Develop and ensure accurate proposal budget 

Prepare technical proposal and other required documentation (such as current and pending support)

Ensure sponsor guidelines are followed for proposal formatting and submission requirements

Identify subreceipients and consultants and provide contact information for them to SGC

Ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and university rules

Obtain approval for cost share (should only be committed if required by RFP)

Submit final proposal to the sponsor

Satisfy regulatory research requirements (human subjects, animals, biohazards, conflict of interest, etc.)

Negotiate the award terms and conditions to ensure they are acceptable and consistent with UA policies

If requested by sponsor, modify proposal, revise budget