Sponsored Projects Roles and Responsibilities

A unit within Research & Innovation, Sponsored Projects provides sponsored projects administration services for the University of Nevada, Reno (University). Below is a list of responsibilities related to proposal preparation and submission undertaken by the Sponsored Projects pre-award team.


  • Assists faculty in identifying and obtaining funding for research, training and scholarly activities.
  • Assists faculty in proposal and pre-award processing.
  • Identifies funding opportunities for both general University information and specific areas of interest to research faculty.
  • Advises principal investigator (PI) and University staff regarding federal, state, local government and other funding agencies' rules, regulations and procedures.
  • Reviews the MANDATORY - Transmittal eform within InfoEd and any other required internal forms (SP-22, SP-11).
  • Reviews all proposals prior to submission (including revisions, supplements and continuations) for accuracy, correctness and legal sufficiency considering agency requirements and University policies. Pre-award administrators routinely check application format, budgets and other parts of the proposal as part of the review process.
  • Communicates with PI and staff about any revisions required to comply with sponsor or University policies.
  • Communicates with PI about any revisions that may strengthen the proposal.
  • Advocates and acts as a steward for the policies and procedures of the University, vice president for research and sponsoring agency.
  • Submits proposals as the authorized representative for the University.