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Research and Sponsored Programs

Proposal Submission

A researcher should begin working on proposal early to avoid any delays in the submission . ORSP requests submission of all proposals and agreements to our office at least five (5) business days prior to the submission deadline date to allow for thorough review and institutional approval. All proposals and agreements must be reviewed and signed by the appropriate officials at the University prior to the submission whether or not it is required by the sponsor.

ORSP requires a completed and signed copy of the Proposal Authorization Form (PAR) submitted to our office with each proposal or agreement. If your proposal or agreement does not contain a detailed budget, please provide the ORSP a detailed budget with your submission to our office. Detailed budget templates can be found on our forms page.

View our frequently requested information for the institutional information most needed for proposal completion such as UALR’s identifiers, fringe benefits, and indirect cost rates. For best results preparing proposals, you should:

  • Start early;
  • Share ideas with peers and ORSP in the development stage;
  • Shop the idea with the sponsors;
  • Tailor proposal to sponsor’s agenda;
  • Request resources that reflect an honest understanding of what it would take to successfully complete;
  • Secure help from the ORSP editor, if you feel it necessary;
  • Request adequate resources;
  • Follow and address sponsor’s guidelines;
  • Organize proposals carefully, and write clearly and concisely;
  • Review budgets and resources with your department Chair, Dean, and ORSP.
  • Secure necessary committee reviews and certifications, and obtain support letters in a timely manner.


Proposal Authorization Request (PAR)

The PAR is a fill-able PDF document equipped with drop-down menus to assist in its completion. This form should accompany all proposal submissions to ORSP.


The BUDGET DETAILS forms are created to assist in budget development.

* NSF Merit Review Process and Research Proposal Preparation
NSF Merit Review Process and Research Proposal Preparation

Updated 11.21.2013