Approval Process for External Funding Proposals

The Steps for Submitting an Application for External Funding

This internal review process applies in ALL cases where a UMW employee (faculty member, staff member, or administrator) or student seeks to make any application to receive funding for any project from any external source — a government grant, foundation grant, contract, agreement to provide a workshop or course to an external group, etc. These procedures should be followed in all cases, including instances where UMW persons are involved as collaborators on a proposal being submitted by another institution.

FIRST, the person intending to seek external funding should obtain permission from her/his immediate supervisor (e.g. department chair).  The immediate supervisor must be notified before proceeding to step 2.

SECOND, make initial contact with John Morello, Provost’s Office, to indicate that you are planning to submit a proposal to an external funding source. You may call (654-1269) or email to make this initial contact. This will enable the Provost’s Office to be aware of the potential project and to indicate any adjustments that are needed BEFORE details are firmed up and either submitted in an application to the external funding source or offered as an agreement to an outside funding group. Proposers must make this initial contact as soon as feasible and before the “deadline dates” indicated below.


  • In order to be cleared to submit the proposal, you must complete the External Funding Cover Sheet, available from this website, and submit it with the required attachments: (1) project narrative, (2) budget outline, and (3) the completed External Funding Checklist. The External Funding Cover Sheet was revised on July 7, 2017 and the External Funding Checklist was revised on November 17, 2016 — be sure to use the current forms. These are Microsoft Word forms that you can copy to your computer, input the necessary information, and save the changes (so that you will have a record of these documents on your computer).
  • Send all materials to John Morello, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs. Because the cover sheet and checklist require signatures, submit all documents and attachments in hard copy.
  • Submit these materials at least one week before the online submission deadline (if the grant is to be submitted electronically), or two weeks before a “received by” deadline (if the application is to be mailed). Be sure that both the principal investigator and supervisor/department chair have signed the cover sheet before you submit it. The principal investigator signs the external grants checklist.
  • When the proposal is under review, you will be notified of any changes recommended or required before it is submitted. Once the proposal receives all required approvals, it will be cleared for submission. In most cases, with the exception of those grants that must be submitted by the Authorized Organizational Representation (AOR), the principal investigator/project director is responsible for submitting the proposal. In the case of National Science Foundation grants, or most federal grants that must be submitted via, John Morello (the UMW AOR) will submit them.

FOURTH, stay in touch while the proposal is under review. If the proposal is funded, or if you receive other written notification from the funding source, please send a copy of the award notification to John Morello. If the project is rejected, contact John Morello so that the application file may be closed.

FIFTH, understand the fund management and reporting responsibilities (should the project be funded). After receiving an award (or contract or other funding assurance), the project director will be contacted by the Office of Business and Finance regarding specific procedures required to set up the accounting procedures required to administer and support the award or contract or agreement.

The project director is responsible for completing all substantive project reporting that the funding organization/group may require. For financial reporting, the project director is expected to work closely with John Morello and Marta Smith and/or Tony Dahm (UMW Accounting) to ensure that all required financial reports are submitted accurately and in a timely fashion.

Contact John Morello, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, if you have questions about any of these procedures.