University of Washington

Welcome to SAGE

Learn more about the grant process here at the University of Washington (UW). This page includes the following information:

Key Research Administration Offices

At the Office of Research Information Services (ORIS), we create online tools which make it easier to process grant proposals. We are part of the Office of Research (OR) which oversees the research process. We work with the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) which reviews, negotiates, approves, and provides administrative oversight related to proposals and establishment of awards in accordance with all applicable policies, and regulations. We also work with Grant and Contract Accounting (GCA) which helps set up grants, contracts and gift budgets in the Financial Accounting System (FAS). 

Some key offices in the grant process

Simplified Grant Lifecycle

Grants typically follow five major steps. The first two are considered pre-award, and OSP typically plays a critical role in these steps. The last three steps are post-award, and GCA and the Office of Financial Management are typically responsible for overseeing most of these steps.

1.     Find funding- The UW has several resources to help you locate funding opportunities.

2.     Proposal Development- This step requires coordination between many different units to prepare, approve, and submit the proposal package.

3.     Award Set-up- OSP receives the award notification, and GCA sets up the budget.

4.     Award Management- GCA oversees this step which involves managing money and property, sending reports to sponsors, and following other policies.

5.     Award Close-out- GCA reconciles and closes the budget; the PI provides the sponsor with the final report.

Simple grant lifecycle

UW's Online Grant Tools

SAGE (System to Administer Grants Electronically) is a web-based tool used to submit funding applications for internal review and approval. Use SAGE to create and route eGC1s which are required for any grant or contract proposal that is submitted from the UW.  To access SAGE, you need to be authorized in ASTRA (Access to Systems, Tools, Resources, and Applications) and have a UW NetID. To learn how to use SAGE (without actually submitting an application), use the training server. SAGE also includes:

  • SAGE Budget  which helps you create an accurate budget for your grant proposal by auto-populating data from payroll and financial systems, assisting you in selecting proper rates, and calculating totals automatically. Access it by logging into SAGE and selecting the Budget tab.
  • Grant Runner combines the eGC1 and sponsor forms for some NIH funding opportunities requiring SF424 R&R forms, including Modular, Detailed and Subaward Budgets. With the click of a button, OSP can electronically submit your application via to the sponsor.

FIDS (Financial Interest Disclosure System) is a web-based tool that investigators use to electronically submit their Significant Financial Interest (SFI) disclosures.

AUMS (Animal Use Medical Screening) is an online tool which is used to evaluate and address potential health risks.

GrantTracker provides up-to-date grant and contract information to UW researchers and staff, allowing them to better manage existing and new awards.

Status Checker accesses information on all transactions relating to eGC1s that have been approved by OSP AND have been entered into OSP's online system (SPAERC) or modified within the past 60 days.

Training: Learn more about research administration

  • SAGE Classes - offered by ORIS
    These regularly-scheduled trainings, online e-learnings, and customized onsite courses help UW researchers and administrators with the grant proposal submission process in SAGE. SAGE courses are included in the Research Administration Learning Program.
  • Research Administration Learning Program
    These regularly-scheduled trainings help faculty and administrators expand their skill sets and build research programs. Courses are free of charge, and new courses are added frequently. The program is developed collaboratively with central offices and volunteers, and taught by subject matter experts.
  • Required Training
    Use this tool to identify which trainings are required for researchers to comply with external sponsor and internal requirements and/or reduce risk to the researcher. Which trainings are required depends on what their research involves.
  • ORIS Online Courses
    Visit the ORIS Learning webpage to view self-paced online courses on how to use the Financial Interest Disclosure System (FIDS). Several new courses are in development, including courses on SAGE.

Other Resources

  • UW Research Home: Visit this web site to find a hub of information and links for researchers and administrators. Find links to compliance and support offices along with funding opportunities.
  • MRAM (Monthly Research Administrators Meeting): MRAM is the main forum for communicating new information about grant tools, policies, compliance issues, and procedures. Join their mailing list and attend their meetings virtually or in person.
  • Grant eNewsletter: Learn about updates to grant systems and ORIS’s latest developments. To subscribe, visit the Newsletter Signup page.
  • Glossary: Learn some common terms and acronyms used in grants administration at the UW.
  • SAGE Support: Find step-by-step instructions on how to use SAGE, SAGE Budget, and Grant Runner.
  • FIDS User Guide: Learn how to use FIDS.
  • SAGE Job Aids: Use these guides, located near the bottom of the ORIS Learning page, to learn about a particular topic or gain an overview of an entire system or process.


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