Endorsement Form

Endorsement Process

The Endorsement Form is:

  • The internal mechanism utilized to obtain the necessary research project information in order to process a proposal to a sponsor. For Grants.gov submissions, RAPSS should be used to complete the Endorsement Form, the PDF version is NOT required. For ALL other proposal submissions, the PDF Endorsement Form should be completed and sent to your ORSP Grants Specialist.

  • A detailed, binding documentation between the department and ORSP where all appropriate signatures from the PI, Director/Chair, Dean, and ORSP Specialist must be obtained prior to submission of a proposal or award. When animal or human research, stem cells, or biohazardous materials are involved, ORSP will obtain signatures from the appropriate Compliance officer.

  • Required for all proposals, awards (new and non-competing), contracts, and clinical trials.  For new awards, all signatures are required.  For non-competing continuations, ORSP only requires the PI signature.  Department policies may require additional signatures for non-competing continuations.

The Fully Signed/Executed Endorsement Form:

  • Ensures a proposed project is complete and consistent with the missions and policies of the department, college, and the university

  • Outlines all applicable proposal information for grants, contracts, MOA, MOU, Cooperative Agreements, and any other type of proposed submissions.

A Complete and Signed Endorsement Form

  • Is required at 12pm noon 5 business days prior to the sponsor deadline date of any proposal for sponsored funding with the PI signature

  • Is required at 12pm noon 2 business days prior to sponsor deadline date of any proposal for sponsored funding with all applicable department, chair, etc. signatures

  • View all documents required for submission at the 5 and 2 business day deadlines

Software Requirements

The Endorsement Form is a fillable PDF form. This form should not be opened and/or completed in your web browser. Please download and save the form to your desktop or a folder on your computer in order to complete it. "Tab" from field to field for quicker completion, as well as to ensure that no fields are missed. Fields highlighted in red are required information and will prevent saving of the form until completed.

The Endorsement Form should be opened in either Acrobat Reader, or the full version of Adobe Acrobat. The form should be compatible with Adobe Acrobat version 9.1 and higher. If you are using a version of the software prior to 9.1, the form may not be able to be completed as intended. Adobe Reader is free and can be downloaded from here.

To download the file to your desktop, please do the following.

  1. Right click on the link for the Endorsement Form

  2. Click on the action to "Save Link As..." (it may also appear as "Save Target As..." or "Save File As...")

  3. In the dialog box, choose the location on your computer that you would like to save the file to

  4. Click "Save"

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the Endorsement Form, please contact your