Internal Deadlines for Proposal Submission

ORA submits proposals during standard business hours between 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., and follows UML campus-wide holidays and closings.

Internal deadlines may be quickly determined by using the table below.

During this 10-day proposal review process, principal investigators (PIs) and non-ORA staff assisting with the proposal should be reasonably available until the time of submission to discuss and address required or suggested updates or other proposal-related needs identified by the ORA team. If circumstances prevent the PI from adhering to the above schedule, the PI must obtain permission from the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation (or designee) for an alternate deadline schedule before ORA will accept the proposal for review and submission, or continue the review process.

Draft Budget, Draft Letter of Commitment,
and Final Subcontract documents
Final Budget and
Draft Full Application due
Final Full Application to ORA for Review
(approved by PI for submission to sponsor)
Final Full Application
inclusive of ORA feedback by 7 a.m.
Monday10 working days priorPrevious MondayPrevious WednesdayMonday
Tuesday10 working days priorPrevious TuesdayPrevious ThursdayTuesday
Wednesday10 working days priorPrevious WednesdayPrevious FridayWednesday
Thursday10 working days priorPrevious ThursdayPrevious MondayThursday
Friday10 working days priorPrevious FridayPrevious TuesdayFriday

*In some cases, sponsor deadlines may need to be adjusted to accommodate a federal holiday. Please reach out to the ORA contact assisting with your proposal with questions.

Ten (10) business days prior to the submission deadline:

  • Draft budget on ORA approved template
  • Subcontract documents signed by Authorized Official (if applicable)
  • Draft of institutional letter of commitment using approved language (if applicable)

Five (5) business days prior to the submission deadline:

  • Final budget due
  • Draft proposal documents uploaded to sponsor portal

Three (3) business days prior to the submission deadline:

  • Final proposal documents (approved by PI for submission to sponsor) uploaded to sponsor portal. *Only changes requested by ORA can be made past this point*

Submission Day - Deadline by 7 a.m.:

  • Final proposal ready for submission routed to ORA

Please note:

During heavy submission periods (such as the NSF Career proposals), ORA may issue revised internal deadlines to ensure that all proposals are provided a complete, quality review and submitted on time. If a revised schedule is needed, ORA will notify the PI well in advance.

When UMass Lowell is a subcontractor on a proposal submitted by another institution, the deadlines are calculated using the date that the subcontract documents are due to the submitting institution, not the deadline of the sponsoring agency.

Requests for a waiver/reduction of indirect costs require advance approval from the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation.

Institutional cost share requires advanced approval from the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation and department cost share requires advance approval from the Department Chair.