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CNC PI Accounting & Research Support Contacts

PI Instructions on Running UM Reports

Internal Funding Opportunities

Routing Chain for Electronic Signature

When working on a grant, please complete the Proposal Routing Form (PRF) and obtain approval by Harvey Gross, Finance Manager (gross042@umn.edu), before obtaining department head signature. A PRF may be completed as a hard-copy with ink signatures or electronically using EGMS for electronic signatures.

Please fill in the appropriate X.500 ID's for your department and appropriate Department ID's if you are completing your PRF electronically. The document below contains the hierarchy of approvers and their X.500 ID for each department within the CNC.

PRF Routing Chain Approvers

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who can assist faculty developing a grant submission?

Q: Who can assist faculty developing a grant submission?

A: For assistance, please contact your designated accountant in the Administrative Center or Harvey Gross, who is the pre-award specialist in the Center at (612-626-3073, gross042@umn.edu). A list of CNC faculty and their designated accountant may be found here.

Q: How soon should investigators contact their accountant about future grant submissions?

Q: How soon should investigators contact their accountant about future grant submissions?

A: Please contact your accountant as soon as you consider developing a submission. A lead time of two months is preferred. Please keep in mind that SPA requires completed materials three days in advance . SPA’s submission policies and procedures may be found here.

Q: How are electronic proposals submitted to SPA?

Q: How are electronic proposals submitted to SPA?

A: SPA has instructions on their website for submitting proposals through Grants.gov as well as other nonfederal electronic submissions. These instructions may be found here.

Q: How do I submit a paper proposal to SPA?

Q: How do I submit a paper proposal to SPA?

A: Although many agencies have changed from paper submission to electronic submission, you may encounter an agency that still requires a paper submission. Please follow the instructions below for paper submissions.

Paper Proposals

  1. Deadline: Three days in advance prior to the date SPA needs to mail the proposal).
  2. Submit to SPA The PI/department should deliver the completed application packet, all required copies and one additional SPA copy with the PRF to SPA’s front desk at 450 McNamara Center. The proposal will be date and time stamped by the front desk.
  3. SPA reviews and comments/requests revisions, if necessary PI/department revises proposal and delivers to SPA front desk. In some cases, if the change is minor and/or administrative, SPA will make the change with department/PI concurrence. The department/PI also has the option of making the change to the proposal at SPA. SPA will work with the department to determine the best way to make the change or correction.
  4. SPA reviews and submits to sponsor.

Q: How do I complete a Proposal Routing Form (PRF) located in the Electronic Grants Management System?

Q: How do I complete a Proposal Routing Form (PRF) located in the Electronic Grants Management System?

A: Sponsored Project Administration requires a PRF be completed for all funding potentially awarded to the University. Please use the following link for a summary of PRF standards and explanations to common mistakes made when completing the PRF.

Q: What are the NIH Parent Announcements (for Unsolicited or Investigator-Initiated Applications)?

Q: What are the NIH Parent Announcements (for Unsolicited or Investigator-Initiated Applications)?

A: This link will take you to the NIH page that summarizes Parent Announcements and contains links to the Program Announcement.