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GIM 19

Internal Deadlines for Proposals to External Entities


Office of Research
Office of Sponsored Programs


March 30, 2015

SUPERSEDES: GIM 19 (March 9, 2012)


The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is committed to assuring timely submission of complete, accurate and fully compliant proposals. In order to achieve this, it is critical that OSP receive proposals in sufficient time to provide adequate review. As a significant number of proposals are submitted electronically, it can take up to 48 hours or even longer to process applications once they are submitted by OSP. This policy is in place to assure that proposals submitted from the University of Washington are processed in a timely manner and are submitted in compliance with all sponsor and University requirements.

Applies to: All proposal submissions, including subaward proposals, and noncompeting continuations (e.g. NIH progress reports), in both paper and electronic format. This policy also applies to pre-proposals that are presenting budgetary information to a sponsor or that require authorized official approval and/or submission via a sponsor system.


Effective beginning with the January 01, 2011 deadlines, the Office of Sponsored Programs will ensure, using its best effort, the on-time, accurate, complete, and compliant submission of applications to the sponsoring entity when each of the following timelines detailed below are met. It should be noted that individual colleges, schools and/or departments may impose additional deadlines in advance of those cited below.

University Policy

Seven (7) Business Days in Advance

An approved eGC-1 and the proposal containing all final business elements should be received by OSP at least seven (7) working days prior to the sponsor deadline. Final business-related elements of the proposal include but are not limited to the budget, budget justification, cost share commitments, identification of required resources, subawards and significant financial interest disclosures. These elements should be in their final form and viewable by OSP on the associated Sponsor online system (e.g. NSF Fastlane), though the description of the "Scope of Work" ("SOW") may still be in a draft form. Note, however, that the SOW must be far enough along to allow for the accurate identification of any potential compliance issues vis-a-vis export controls or the use of humans or animals in the research. The SOW submitted must be the SOW affiliated with the business proposal. Proposals received seven days or more in advance of the sponsor's deadline will receive a detailed review by OSP to provide greater assurance that the proposal can be submitted error-free. Proposals that fail to meet this deadline and requirement will be subject to substantive review to the extent reasonable, given the nature of the proposal and arrival date in OSP.

Three (3) Business Days in Advance

OSP must receive the final proposal, in complete form and ready for submission to the sponsor (i.e. "Ready to Submit") three business days prior to the sponsor deadline. "Ready to Submit" means a complete proposal in final format that is ready for submission to the Sponsor and routed on an eGC1 with a status of "IN OSP", as well as available for authorized official access in a sponsor system, if applicable.

Proposals received by 5:00 pm, three (3) business days in advance of the sponsor deadline that have all elements completed (business and science) will be reviewed by OSP staff to the extent necessary to assure the proposal is transmitted to the Sponsor for review. In addition, such proposals will be reviewed for accuracy, completion, and compliance with Sponsor, University and Federal and State requirements, to the extent reasonable given the nature of the proposal, when the proposal was first received by OSP, and when received by OSP in "Ready to Submit" status.

All proposals, both paper and electronic, received by OSP after 5:00 pm, three (3) business days prior to the sponsor deadline will be returned to the PI and department contact and will not be submitted to the Sponsor unless a waiver to the deadline is granted by the Assistant Vice Provost for Research or his/her delegate. Any proposal submitted under such a waiver will be reviewed by OSP only to the extent necessary to assure the proposal is transmitted to the Sponsor for review.

Calculation of Three Business Days

The calculation of three business days takes into account the fact that holidays or University closure do not count as a business day. Note specific time and time zones used in the sponsor deadline are NOT factored into the GIM 19 deadline. Please see examples below:

Sponsor due date GIM 19 deadline
Thursday by 5 pm PST Preceding Monday by 5 pm PST
Wednesday by midnight PST and preceding Monday is a holiday Preceding Thursday by 5 pm PST (Monday is not a business day)
Wednesday by 2 pm, EST (11 am PST) Preceding Friday by 5 pm PST
Friday by 5 pm EST (2 pm PST) Preceding Tuesday by 5 pm PST
Friday, no specific time or time zone mentioned Preceding Tuesday by 5 pm PST

Submission of Ready To Submit proposal

Once a proposal that is designated by the PI as "Ready To Submit" is submitted to an external entity, including federal agencies, the proposal is final and no corrections may be made, unless responding to system-generated errors prior to the Sponsor deadline.

Submission System Used

OSP heavily discourages the use of for proposal submitted to NSF. Please prepare proposals to NSF within the NSF provided Fastlane system.

NSF Collaborative Proposals

When it is a simultaneous submission of an NSF Collaborative Proposal and the UW is not the lead, the lead institution's desire to delay submission is not an acceptable exception to the GIM 19 policy. The proposals must be linked, all final approvals must be completed, and the eGC1 marked Ready to Submit 3 days prior to the sponsor deadline, as per any other proposal.

Non-competing Continuations

Non-competing continuations (e.g. NIH progress reports) received by OSP after 5:00 pm, three (3) business days prior to the Sponsor deadline will be reviewed and submitted by OSP within five business days of the date the GC-1 is received in OSP and is "Ready to Submit."

Exceptions and Waivers

Waivers to the three (3) business day rule will be made only for any of the following reasons:

Any proposal received by OSP under an approved waiver will be submitted to the sponsor; however, for those proposals requiring submission via an electronic portal, OSP cannot ensure that the electronic submission will be transmitted error-free and in time to meet the sponsor's deadline. This includes the transmission of a proposal from to a sponsor award or post-award system.

Procedures and Guidance


Office of Sponsored Programs:

Principal Investigator:

Director, Chair and Dean:


Business day:
Weekday that UW is open for business. Excludes weekends and holidays.
Business Elements:
Includes but not limited to the budget, budget justification, cost share commitments, identification of required resources, biosketches, subcontractor supporting documents, and significant financial interest disclosures.
Electronic form submitted to capture required approvals prior to submission the external sponsor. The eGC1 contains a copy of the proposal, the budget, institutional signatures and/or eGC1 approvals, basic compliance information, contact information, and submission instructions, as needed.
Ready to Submit:
A Proposal status in which the proposal is deemed to be full and complete and in final format that is ready for submission to the Sponsor. A Ready to Submit proposal includes all completed required Sponsor forms, components, sections, and attachments, consistent with Sponsor program announcements and policies, is attached to an eGC1, and the eGC1 is "IN OSP" status and available to the authorized official in a sponsor system, if applicable. A proposal is not Ready To Submit if it does not conform to all applicable policies and requirements of both the Sponsor and the UW.