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Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

Proposal Routing Procedures


The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is authorized by the Vice President for Research as the university unit responsible for submission and negotiation of new and continuing sponsored programs for Kansas State University, including the College of Technology at the Salina campus.

The processing of proposals and all subsequent grant and contract documents follow a routing path that is determined by: (1) the type of project activity and (2) the administrative unit with which the Principal Investigator/Program Director (PI/PD) is affiliated.

Project activity is identified as either research or non-research. Research activity is either basic, applied, or some combination of the two activities. Non-research activity includes: instruction, instructional equipment, training, facilities and construction, and public service.

A typical research proposal will require the PI(s), the Department Head(s), Appropriate Experiment Station Director(s)(if AES, or EES), and the Dean(s) signature, along with any other special approvals such as hard dollar commitments, research compliance, programmatic commitments, etc., as detailed on the KSU Sponsored Projects Transmittal sheet.

See the KSU Sponsored Projects Transmittal Sheet for further instructions concerning the appropriate signatures needed prior to final institutional approval of the grant and contract document.