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Updated 07/13/21: SPCS's Three-Day Deadline Policy

Sponsored Projects & Contracting Services (SPCS) just released important information regarding the three-day deadline policy for the submission of proposals. Read below and click on the provided link for the most recent update.


The mission of Sponsored Projects and Contracting Services (SPCS) Proposal Services Team includes facilitating the submission of grant proposals by helping UA researchers comply with budgetary requirements and government regulations. Most Federal agencies are requiring online proposal submission through, ASSIST, or Fastlane. The necessary steps for a comprehensive review of these proposal submissions takes time. While some agencies allow an easy file upload for submission, others require more complicated procedures, involving multiple steps for the Principal Investigator and for SPCS Proposal Services Team. It is necessary to establish an internal deadline for submissions so that Sponsored Projects can provide adequate and timely assurances to investigators.



The policy states the following:


  • All proposals, routed UAR proposals and electronic submission, should be submitted to SPCS in final form* 3 full business days prior to the funding-agency deadline (8am the day it is due to SPCS).
  • Requests for indirect cost waivers should be submitted to SPCS with the attached signed form 5 business days prior to the proposal agency deadline for paper proposals, 8 business days for electronic submissions.
  • Colleges and departments may have additional submission deadline requirements.
  • This policy includes any items that need an authorized signature or review before correspondence or submission to the sponsor (for example RPPRs and revised budgets).
  • Proposals routed outside of the 3-Day Deadline run the risk of not being submitted to the sponsor.
  • Submission to a sponsor outside of internal review is against UA policy and is not legally binding.


*Final form for electronic proposals means that the proposal is completely finished, including the proposal routing, and ready for submission to the sponsoring agency.


The link for this policy can be found here.

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07/13/2021 - 13:22

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