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Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Electronic Proposal Routing and Approval

On February 9, 2009, significant changes were made to the routing process on the electronic Proposal Data Sheet. The current system requires individuals to be familiar with internal departmental routing procedures, but the new proposal routing structure provides automated assignment of all required routing with one click of a button. 

It is designed to allow flexibility to accommodate the needs of different departmental routing structures.  For each department or unit, three group levels or tiers of approval are available.  Only the Chair level, is required by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP).  These levels allow for approval by:

  • Chair Level – required by ORSP.
  • Business or Administrative Level – to allow for approval by business managers in addition to chairs.
  • Division Level – to allow those departments with sub-divisions to obtain approvals of division managers.

To automate the routing process, departments will have to complete a Departmental Approval Routing Form and forward it to ORSP.  This form provides the information needs to assemble the appropriate routing structure.  Forms and instructions can be found on the ORSP Forms page.

Training is offered in the use of the ePDS.  Dates and times can be found on our training web site

To complete the Proposal Data Sheet and route for approval:

To review proposals that have been routed for your approval: