The Office of Research Services (ORS) provides centralized administrative and management services for sponsored projects. All sponsored projects applications are submitted by ORS.
ORS uses the Cayuse 424 electronic proposal submission system. Cayuse provides streamlined internal routing and approval of proposals, facilitates submission to sponsor systems, tracks research proposals and award activity, and stores proposal and award documents. A series of training videos are available to help researchers understand how to use Cayuse. For questions, please see your pre-award ORS staff person.
For paper submissions, the PI can choose to use paperless routing through Cayuse, or submit a paper internal routing sheet. Signature requirements vary by department and the PI should check with ORS to ensure that all required approvals are obtained.
If a pre-proposal is required, it should be received by ORS at least five (5) business days prior to the sponsor deadline.
For pre-proposals submitted through the Cayuse 424 system, electronic routing is available. Pre-proposal routing will consist of a proposal summary document which can be accessed in the Cayuse system and a pre-proposal cover sheet which can be accessed on the ORS webpage. The Office of Research Services offers a training module on completion of the proposal summary document in Cayuse.
For pre-proposals submitted using another system, please contact your pre-award analyst to discuss the pre-proposal cover sheet. This is an abbreviated version of the full internal routing sheet and does not require signatures.
Electronic Proposal Submission
Proposals submitted electronically using the Cayuse 424 system should use the electronic routing option available through this system. The electronic routing process involves the completion of the supplemental information sheet found on the ORS webpage, a completed Cayuse Proposal Summary Page, and a Cayuse routing chain. ORS offers a training video, Module 13, with step by step instructions about setting up an electronic routing chain.
Proposals submitted through other electronic systems can be routed electronically, or with the traditional paper internal routing sheet. In order to route electronically, PIs will need to enter proposal information into Cayuse even though the proposal will be submitted using a different mechanism. Otherwise, PIs should complete the internal routing form, collect departmental signatures and send the completed routing form and proposal documents to the ORS pre-award analyst assigned to that department.
Please check with you pre-award analyst before routing your proposal, as changes to routing procedures are expected soon.
The Office of Research Services has made staff assignments for each department, center and institute to assist researchers in preparing budgets as well as checking the final proposal for completeness and compliance with university and sponsor guidelines.
Limited Submission Proposals
Some sponsors limit the number of proposals that will be accepted from an institution. A proposal RFP will state specifically if it limits the number of submissions. Texas Tech manages all limited submissions through the OVPR. The OVPR maintains a list of limited submission opportunities. When a limit is imposed, the university will require a notice of intent from those interested in submitting a proposal in response to that particular request for proposal (RFP). If more notices are received than the institutional limit allows, an internal competition will be held. As with all proposals for sponsored projects, proposals for limited submission programs are not authorized to leave the university without review and approval from ORS. As with all proposals for sponsored projects, proposals for limited submission programs are not authorized to leave the university without review and approval from ORS.
Proposal Submission – ORS Deadlines
ORS requests that all proposals be submitted to the office five (5) working days before the proposal deadline to ensure adequate time to check the proposal for compliance to university and sponsor regulations and to double check the budget for accuracy. ORS will submit all proposals.
A proposal submitted to ORS after the applicable date (5 business days before the sponsor deadline) will be considered a late submission. ORS will make every effort to process late submissions, but there may not be time for an adequate review. If an award is made based on a late submission of a proposal signed by the college, school, department, and/or campus leadership, that unit will be responsible to cover costs incurred by TTU as a result of proposal errors. Such costs might include cost sharing commitments, or unallowable commitments of TTU resources.
Coordination with Campus Committees
On the Internal Routing Sheet and in the Cayuse routing system, you must indicate if your proposal involves: human subjects, animal use, radiation or biohazards, or recombinant DNA. If so, you will need to submit your proposal to the appropriate campus committee for authorization. If you indicate that approval is pending as of proposal submission, you will receive a reminder letter from ORS to obtain such approval. ORS also generates a listing which alerts the appropriate committee that your proposal requires review. The campus committee will notify you and ORS of its approval, once it has been obtained. As required, ORS will forward the notification to the potential sponsor. Information regarding approvals also is entered into a proposal database.
It is important to note that Texas Tech may have different human subjects and animal use policies and procedures than your previous institution. Please contact the appropriate office before submitting a grant proposal.
Proposal File Maintenance
Once a proposal has been submitted to the sponsor, ORS retains a complete copy. Acknowledgment of receipt from a sponsor or any further correspondence will be housed in the appropriate file. In addition, a computer record will be generated with this information. The record will become part of the proposal database, which is used to generate monthly reports of all proposals and grant activity on campus.
While technical negotiations are always conducted with the PI, business, financial and administrative negotiations are conducted with ORS, the office authorized to negotiate on behalf of the university. The PI will be involved and informed of any negotiations, and no decisions will be made without full disclosure to and concurrence of the PI.
Individual faculty members are not authorized to sign sponsored project agreements on behalf of Texas Tech. Award documents take many forms depending upon the type of agency and project. ORS is responsible for award document processing and assigns the highest priority to these actions. PIs should contact ORS if a sponsor asked for revised budget figures.
Vice President for Research
Office of the Vice President for Research