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Submit a Proposal

PreAward Services 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 Kansas State Polytechnic in Salina.

Proposal Routing Procedures

The processing of proposals and all subsequent grant and contract documents follow a routing path that is determined by the type of project activity and 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 signatures from the PI(s), the department head(s), appropriate Experiment Station Director(s), and the Dean(s), along with other special approvals such as hard dollar commitments, research compliance, and programmatic commitments.


Electronic submission


Talk to the PreAward Services expert assigned to your college or unit.

NSF Move and Downtime

The National Science Foundation is moving its Data Center IT servers to the Foundation’s new headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, from June 30 at 8:00 PM EDT through July 4 at 6:00 PM EDT, to prepare for NSF staff relocation in August 2017. The NSF website, FastLane, and Research.gov will be unavailable from Friday, June 30 at 8:00 PM EDT until Tuesday, July 4 at 6:00 PM EDT. During this outage period, there will be no access to these websites, proposals cannot be submitted in FastLane, and project reports and cash requests cannot be submitted in Research.gov. However, previously saved information and uploaded documents in FastLane and Research.gov, including in-process proposals and reports, will be accessible after the Data Center move. This move has been scheduled around a holiday weekend to minimize the systems downtime and reduce the impact on the research community and NSF staff. Find more information.