The approval flow is a sequential list of all UW individuals, divisions, departments, deans, and/or compliance offices (including OSP), who must review and sign off on a proposal before it is submitted to the sponsor. The system automatically routes the proposal to the individuals and units in the approval flow.

Approvers prior to OSP are notified of pending proposals via e-mail notification. OSP is manages proposals needing approval via their tasklist in SPAERC.

Reviewers may have the option to:

  • approve a proposal
  • return it to the preparer for changes
  • add a comment which becomes part of the permanent record of the proposal
  • mark it as watched
  • add an additional reviewer or watcher to the approval flow

You can view a graphical and a text representation of the approval flow for each application from within SPAERC. You can access both versions from links in the left navigation menu of an open application.