Welcome to the Pre-Award Division of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (formerly known as the Office of Research).
Our division is committed to serving as the central resource for faculty and staff who are seeking extramural funding for their research and other sponsored programs. Our mission is to provide administrative support to principal investigators in their pursuit of sponsored programs, while ensuring compliance with UMMC, federal, state, and private sponsor regulations, terms, and conditions.
All proposals for sponsored programs, whether new or continuing, must be processed through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Pre-Award Division for formal UMMC approval and signature prior to submission to external sponsors. The ORSP serves as the administrative voice in the negotiation and acceptance of grants, contracts and award modifications.
Proposals are defined as an application submitted by the University of Mississippi Medical Center to a sponsoring agency on behalf of a principal investigator seeking project support. Most proposals contain a research strategy or statement of work, budget, budget justification, as well as other applicable documentation required by the selected sponsor. Proposals are typically submitted in response to a funding solicitation or funding opportunity announcement.
Sponsored projects typically fall into three main types - grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements. Each project type can be further categorized as new, resubmissions, revisions, competing renewals, competing supplements and transfers. These projects are submitted to four main sponsor types - federal, state, industry and non-profit.
Prior to preparing your proposal, it is important to carefully read the sponsor's funding guidelines or funding opportunity announcement. These documents are designed to guide an investigator in the proposal creation process. Be sure to use any sponsor-specific templates and discuss any questions you may have with your assigned ORSP staff member.
The ORSP requires that all proposal applications and contracts be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org at least (5) business days prior to the sponsor's deadline. While research strategies may be in draft form at this time, it is imperative to provide completed detailed budgets and budget justifications. An ORSP Pre-Award staff member will then be assigned to your proposal based on their expertise. For more information, review the proposal submission policy.
The Pre-Award Division works closely with colleagues in the Post-Award Division to support funded projects throughout various stages in the lifecycle of an award.