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Pre-award services are invaluable services offered to WSSU faculty and staff interested in pursuing financial resources from extramural funding agencies. Pre-award activities and processes performed by the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) staff are designed to help faculty facilitate the overall grant-making process as well as help principal investigators (PI) submit high-quality, competitive proposals while balancing the need for institutional and sponsor regulatory compliance. Pre-award staff members also help identify and determine eligibility for grants and other awards in addition to assisting PIs with proposal and budget development. The pre-award staff members in OSP assist University faculty and staff with all phases of proposal preparation and submission. Pre-award responsibilities and services provided through OSP include:

  • Identifying potential funding sources
  • Providing assistance with pre-submission procedures
  • Assisting with internal review, routing, and approval processes
  • Submitting proposals in a timely manner to the sponsor agencies.

Internal Notice of Intent Submission

After a suitable funding opportunity has been identified, an Internal Notice of Intent (INOI) form  is required from all faculty and staff looking to submit proposals and/or contracts. The INOI serves as official notice to OSP of a principal investigator’s intent to submit a sponsored programs proposal on behalf of the University. The INOI is a vital part of the pre-award proposal process because it helps expedite the review and submission process. It allows OSP staff an opportunity to locate and review the desired solicitation and its guidelines prior to the pre-award meeting with the PI.