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A proposal is a detailed request for funding prepared in accordance with the sponsor’s instructions. A sponsor can be a federal, state, or local agency, a private foundation, a corporation or other business entity.

  • A proposal must comply with University of Arizona policies and sponsor requirements.
  • A proposal, upon submission, becomes an official record of the work the University of Arizona proposes to do for the sponsor.
All funding received from a sponsor require both the sponsor submission as well as an internal proposal routed through UAccess Research (UA's internal research system). If an award is received without an internal proposal, this will hold up your award and ablity to spend.


Steward Observatory is now working in partnership with Sponsored Projects to route our proposals both internally and externally. This has increased our ability to handle the increasing amount and complexity of proposals our amazing department submits. 

Please click on the following link to request your proposal assitance as early as possible (and more info in below link): College of Science Proposal Assistance Request (

Sponsored Projects Services Proposal Support | UArizona Research, Innovation & Impact


Requirements to Conduct Research on Campus

1. Conflicts of Interest & Commitment Policy

If you participate in research under the auspices of the University, you are required to comply with this policy. This is a yearly process and is now required to be complete prior to submitting proposals to federal or sub-federal sponsors. Additionally, when an award is recieved, a project based COI disclosure will be required before your award is processed. Please note, training each 4 years is required before certificate can be completed and takes 24 hours to update and allow you to  aubmit COI.

More information can be found here:


2. NSF Responsible Conduct of Research Certification (in UAccess Learning and required prior to Notice of Award/Project Start):

More information can be found here: Institutional RCR Plan | UArizona Research, Innovation & Impact


Please contact with any questions you may have with this process. 

Steward Observatory Research Administration Team page is here: Grants and Contracts (

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