Effective November 1, 2013, Proposal Automated Routing System (PARS) privileges will be suspended or denied, respectively, to any current or new Investigator or Approver who has not submitted to the Office of Research Administration (ORA) a certificate showing satisfactory completion of the UMS Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) training (PDF). More about the training requirement, including the policy and resources, can be found on the Office of Research Compliance’s Conflict of Interest page.
Using the University of Maine Proposal Approval Routing System (PARS)
The PARS system was designed as a tool to aid faculty and ORA staff in securing required University approvals prior to submitting proposals to sponsors. It is not meant to replace the necessary communication between faculty, administration, and ORA staff during proposal preparation , but rather to provide a central location where all of the information and approvals can be accessed and acted upon by those who need to do so. Each department and college still retains the right to impose additional requirements such as in-person interviews, document signatures, personnel scheduling, etc. deemed necessary for the administration of their own operations.
Each of the major screens at the PARS site has a help screen associated with it. Click the “Help” link at the top right side of the page. The help text will load in a separate window so that the session will not be interrupted. [Note: some popup blockers may disable this feature until configured to accept popups from the PARS site.] In addition, ORA staff will be glad to answer any questions by phone. For technical issues or suggestions for improvement of the site, call or email Matt McSpadden (email@example.com 581-1419).