Pre-Award Research Administration

The Pre-Award Research Administration Team assists researchers in submitting applications for external grants, contracts, and fellowships, as the university continues to transition central research administration services from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) to CHSS.

Start the process by submitting the CHSS Pre-Award Request for Assistance Form, and check out our services below!


  • Direct support to Principal Investigators (PIs) and coordination with OSP.
  • Checklist provided for proposal submission (NIH, NSF, and NEH checklists also available tailored for each solicitation).
  • Administrative review of proposal submission.
  • Assistance with budget and budget justification.
  • Assistance with current and pending.
  • Example language for ancillary documents provided upon request.
  • Facilitation of proposal information in Mason's RAMP and sponsor portal.
  • Review of application prior to submission to meet sponsor guidelines.
  • Compliance review of federal, state, and sponsor regulations.

*Faculty outreach and funding conversations - coming in 2023.

Important Timeline Considerations

  • Proposals are to be submitted to CHSS 6 business days before sponsor deadline for departmental review.
  • Proposals are to be submitted to OSP 4 business days prior to submission.

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