Grant Application Process (Pre-award)
  • STEP 1 Notice of Intent to Apply
    The Principal Investigator/Project Director (PI/PD) should notify the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (ORSP) of his/her intent to apply for a grant at least 30 days prior to the due date. This does not obligate the PI/PD to submit, but provides time to let supervisors and other personnel know what you are planning. 


  • Step 2  Approval to Submit a Grant Proposal
    Application documents should be available through the Cayuse system at least 7 days (5 business days) prior to the submission due date to guarantee submission. ORSP will request approvals from your Department Head/Dean/Director, Dean, and Vice Presidents (your division and Administration and Finance) and either submit the grant for you (federal awards), or let you know when you may submit the grant (if direct emails are necessary).

  • STEP 3 Approval to Accept a Grant (Notice of Award)
    Congratulations on your award! Please send your Notice of Award letter to ORSP via email, at or 220 Ferris Drive, PHR 312 to start the process of award acceptance.

    Approvals from each administrative level (Department Head/Chair/Director, Dean, Division VP), are required before the University will accept the grant or sign a contract. The VP of Administration & Finance serves as the contracting officer for Ferris State University and executes the agreement. Larger grants require additional approvals:

    Grants over $250,000, must first be reviewed by General Counsel.

    Grants over $500,00or those requiring a match of over $150,000, require the approval of the Board of Trustees before they can be executed by the VP Administration & Finance.

    Please contact ORSP (x2547) with any questions regarding the acceptance process.
    Contact the Investments and Grants Office (at x2156) to coordinate the grant accounting structure with your account clerk.
    Click here  for more information on the Post award Grant Management Process


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