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 an external funding opportunity 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. Contact Erin Scott, Grant and Contract Officer, x2547 with your intent to apply for an external funding opportunity. 


  • Step 2: Approval to Submit a Grant Proposal
    ORSP will facilitate the grant submission process. Application documents should be made 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 College Dean, Department Head/Dean/Director, Division Vice Presidents, and Administration and Finance.

  • STEP 3: Approval to Accept a Grant (Notice of Award)
    Congratulations on your award! Send your Notice of Award letter to Office of Research and Sponsored Programs via email,, or mail to 220 Ferris Drive, PHR 312 to start the process of award acceptance.

    Approvals from each administrative level 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.

    Contact the Investments and Grants Office (x3905) to coordinate the grant accounting structure with your account clerk.