What can a Research Program Manager do?

The Research Program Manager (RPM) assists faculty, research assistants, graduate students, and staff in the College of Liberal Arts with submitting proposals.

  • Facilitate grant submissions with the Office of Sponsored Programs and the University Research Development Office
  • Initiate Cayuse SP and Cayuse 424 records
  • Assist with FastLane, eRA Commons, and other proposal submission systems
  • Track and review proposal requirements prior to submission
  • Develop the budget and budget justification
  • Liaise with Collaborators and Subcontractors
  • Educate grant seekers about proposal development and University policies
  • and more...

The earlier, the better. 

Putting together a competitive, well-written research proposal can sometimes take several months.  Deadlines and other time constraints can lead to hasty decisions.  With enough time, the faculty can incorporate feedback, suggestions, comments, and edits to the proposal components.

The RPM is here to assist you through your proposal development. The Office of Sponsored Programs requires three days to review your proposal before you can submit it.  Keep that in mind as you proceed.  Same-day requests for service can rarely be accommodated.

To make sure every request gets the full attention it deserves, it would be in the faculty's best interest to adhere to the following timeline:

3 to 6 weeks before your deadline, please notify the RPM of your plans to prepare a proposal application.  The RPM can look at the agency's funding histories and help you liaise with the program officer.  When coordinating research teams, collaborators, supporters, and other participants, start early.  Developing those relationships and establishing those expectations need time. 

2 weeks before your deadline, the RPM will help finalize your budget and budget justification and solicit feedback from the Arts and Sciences Business Center.

4 business days before your deadline, plan to have a completed application, and to submit your Cayuse proposal for OSP review with all required attachments, including a final version of your narrative.