We provide all pre-award services to all of the UT Institute of Agriculture, including AgResearch, UT Extension, the Herbert College of Agriculture, and the College of Veterinary Medicine.


The UTIA Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) facilitates research, extension, and education activities by supporting faculty and staff in their pursuit of external funding. We provide specialized, high-quality service in all aspects of proposal development and award negotiations for federal, state, and private funding. OSP helps ensure compliance with internal and external requirements within an atmosphere of professionalism and collaboration.

We have a three (3) business day deadline for complete proposal information to be delivered to UTIA Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), prior to the agency proposal deadline. To be considered on time, the proposal must be approved by all units in Cayuse, have all final documents attached, and be ready for submission. Late proposals will be marked in Cayuse as late and will be reviewed as time allows. If there is insufficient time for a complete review of a late proposal, OSP will not have time to ensure the budget and proposal documents meet the sponsorís requirements. In these cases, the PI will assume full responsibility for the failure of the proposal to be submitted by the deadline, for the proposal being returned without review by the sponsor, or for any delays in award setup stemming from the late proposal.

Services Provided

  • Identify funding opportunities
  • Review and interpret sponsor guidelines to ensure compliance
  • Develop proposal packages including electronic submissions
  • Develop budget and justification
  • Coordinate strategic development of large proposals
  • Assist in subcontract development and monitoring
  • Arrange technical editing of proposal narrative upon request
  • Ensure cost share commitments are accurate and approved
  • Facilitate budget revisions and no-cost time extensions
  • Review compliance issues
  • Analyze intellectual property issues
  • Establish material transfer agreements/confidentiality agreements
  • Prepare Faculty Incentive Plan applications
  • Request advanced account set-up
  • Negotiate contract language with sponsors and collaborators
  • Entry of Evisions Cayuse SP proposal information for PIís
  • Assist with proposal graphics upon request

If you need a budget revision, contact your departmental business manager, who will coordinate with UTIA OSP, as needed.


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