Pre-Award Services is responsible for the review, processing, and submission of proposals to external sponsors; negotiations, formal acceptance and execution of awards; and project account set-up in PeopleSoft consistent with award conditions and University cost sharing obligations. Below is an outline of ORA’s Proposal Submission Policy & Timeline.

If you have not identified funding for your research idea, visit Identify Funding.

If you’ve identified a sponsor and are ready to begin preparing your proposal, visit Proposal Preparation, and use the basic steps for navigating the Pre-Award process as your guide.

If you would like to have your proposal peer-reviewed prior to submission to the sponsor, consider the UMAPIT (University of Maine Advisory Panel and Internal Team for Research Proposal Review) Program.

The Advanced Computing Group provides assistance with proposal preparation and archiving and dissemination of data, operating the Maine Dataverse Network as a free service for all Maine researchers to use to archive and share their data.  For more information about these and other services offered by ACG, please visit: Advanced Computing Group or send an email to