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Office of Sponsored Programs

Research is a primary mission of The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. The Office of Sponsored Programs provides support for UTHSC faculty and staff (including components at the UT Graduate School of Medicine in Knoxville and the Chattanooga unit of the College of Medicine) in obtaining external funding for research and other sponsored projects, while ensuring compliance with UT policy, sponsor policy, and applicable law.

Whether you are submitting a proposal to develop a diagnostic tool to speed identification of Zika virus, working on a subaward proposal to another institution for a diabetes study, obtaining scientific material from a collaborator, disclosing a new drug compound invented in a UTHSC lab, planning a clinical trial on women's health or smoking cessation, or working on the next medical breakthrough, the staff in the OSP is here to help!



NOTICE: Updates to BioSketch and Other Support Format




As we gear up for the summer submission window, OSP Pre-Award wanted to provide a reminder to the UTHSC Research Community that all proposals are required to be finalized and submitted for routing in Cayuse to allow for departmental/college approvals prior to the proposal reaching OSP workflow. Proposals must be received in OSP workflow by 8:00 am five full business days prior to the sponsor deadline to be compliant with UTHSC policy. 

Please note that all personnel must be compliant with UTHSC policy for Outside Interest Disclosures prior to routing in Cayuse for the proposal be considered finalized. Investigators and Departmental Administrators have the ability to confirm the status of Outside Interest Disclosures in the self-service form once a proposal is created in Cayuse.

During this summer submission window, the internal routing deadline for two standard NIH submission deadlines will be impacted by UTHSC official closures. Please refer to the table below for the latest time a proposal can be received by OSP to be considered compliant with the 5 full business day deadline for these deadlines:

NIH Standard Due Date Federal Holiday/University Closure Latest Finalized Proposal to Reach OSP Workflow to be Considered Compliant with Internal 5 Day Deadline
June 5th Memorial Day: May 29th 8:00 am - May 30th
July 5th Independance Day: July 4th 8:00 am - June 28th
It is always recommended to submit proposals for routing two business days before the internal deadline to allow time for departmental and college level approvers to review and approve the proposal. Around holidays, it is strongly encouraged to allow additional time due to the increase in approver annual leave during these periods. 
Please note that deadlines for other sponsoring agencies may also be impacted by these closures. OSP will be closed on June 19th, 2023, in observance of the Juneteenth holiday.

Effective January 1, 2023,

the salary limitation for Executive Level II is increased to $212,100 from the previous limit of $203,700. The full NIH notice NOT-OD-23-056 may be found on the Guidance on Salary Limitation for Grants and Cooperative Agreements FY 2023 page.

Please apply the new salary cap for upcoming NIH proposals and for agencies utilizing the Executive Level II salary cap.


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Cayuse 424 and SP is the user-friendly electronic routing system and database used to route all grant proposals and sponsored project agreements for UTHSC approvals.



May 12, 2023