Policies & Procedures

3-Day Deadline for Receipt of Proposals

To support the success of UK’s research enterprise, Office of Sponsored Projects Administration (OSPA) staff work collaboratively with you, as a Principal Investigator, and others across campus to provide client-centered professional support and administrative expertise in sponsor requirements, budget development and proposal submission. OSPA is committed to the timely submission of complete, accurate and fully compliant proposals, and are committed to helping lessen the risk of a missed deadline or rejected proposal. 

To that end, OSPA has a 3-day proposal deadline policy that applies to sponsored project proposals to external funders. A complete and final proposal, accompanied by a fully approved Internal Approval Form (IAF), must be received by the Research Administrator (RA) in OSPA at least three (3) business days prior to the sponsor’s deadline.* The 3-day deadline supports the timely submission of error-free, compliant proposals and facilitates discussions with your Research Administrator (RA) and others after review of the proposal so any necessary revisions or corrections can be made prior to the sponsor’s deadline.  

OSPA is committed to assisting you and providing the maximum level of customer service to ensure proposal review and submission go smoothly and, at its core, the 3-Day proposal deadline policy is intended to ensure both.

Exceptions to this policy include

  • Short Notice – Any proposal with less than 30 days turnaround from the date of notice or publication of the solicitation will be exempt from the 3 day policy.
  • Unexpected Campus Event – Unexpected/unplanned events that necessitate official closing of University-wide offices or activities will be treated as an exception and may reduce the internal deadline for determination of On-Time/Late categorization.
  • Serious Illness or Death of PI/Co-PI or Family Member
  • Proposal Package Updates – The sponsor issues a new proposal package or makes significant proposal package updates that necessitate creation of a new package within 2 weeks of the sponsor’s deadline.

*Please note:  Colleges may impose additional deadlines or other requirements for review and approval of proposals. Proposals should be sent to your College Grant Officer (CGO) or Grant Proposal Specialist (GPS) prior to the college’s internal deadline, which is prior to OSPA’s 3-day deadline.

Electronic Internal Approval Form (eIAF) Deadlines

IAFs must be received by OSPA at least 3 business days prior to the sponsor's published deadline. Below is a chart indicating the number of days due to the college prior to OSPA’s 3 business day deadline. 

The following colleges have a 5 business days deadline (includes OSPA's three-day rule)  -  NOTE: guidelines refer to business days

Agriculture, Food and Environment

Business and Economics

Communication and Information



Fine Arts

Health Sciences




Provost Units

Public Health

Research Units

Social Work

The College of Arts and Sciences has a 7 business days deadline (includes OSPA's three-day rule) – A&S unit only and a 14 business days deadline (includes OSPA's three-day rule) – multi college

The College of Dentistry has a 6 business days deadline (includes OSPA's three-day rule)

The College of Medicine has a 6 business days deadline (includes OSPA's three-day rule)

The College of Engineering has no deadline of their own - 0 business days (includes OSPA's three-day rule)

Clinical Trials

UK's policies and procedures for Clinical Trials are available on the Clinical Trial Agreements page.


UK's policies and procedures for ClinicalTrials.gov are available on the ClinicalTrials.gov page.

Conflict of Interest

Policies and Procedures for Conflict of Interest can be found on the Conflict of Interest Page.

Export Control

Policies and Procedures for Export Control can be found on the Export Control and Sponsored Research Page.

Federal Uniform Guidance

The Federal Uniform Guidance is the underlying guidelines for university recipients of federal awards in terms of applying for, accepting, and managing federal grants and other funding. See the Federal Uniform Guidance page for additional details.

Foreign Government Influence in University Research

Effective May 25, 2021, NIH requires the following:

  • Supporting documentation, which includes copies of contracts, grants or any other agreement specific to senior/key personnel foreign appointments and/or employment with a foreign institution for all foreign activities and resources that are reported in Other Support. If the contracts, grants or other agreements are not in English, recipients must provide translated copies.
  • Immediate notification of undisclosed Other Support. When a recipient organization discovers that a PI or other Senior/Key personnel on an active NIH grant failed to disclose Other Support information outside of Just-in-Time or the RPPR, as applicable, the recipient must submit updated Other Support to the Grants Management Specialist named in the Notice of Award as soon as it becomes known.

For more information about these requirements, see NOT-OD-21-073.

The current regulatory landscape informing the research enterprise includes serious growing concerns by the US Government concerning inappropriate influence by foreign entities over federally funded research.  As a result, academic research institutions have a heightened interest in understanding the affiliations and dealings faculty members may have with foreign governments and entities. The University of Kentucky encourages international collaboration, and recognizes it is important for investigators to be transparent about their foreign relationships and activities.

Federal agencies have issued statements expressing growing concerns over the potential for foreign influence in the following areas:

  1. failure by some researchers to disclose substantial contributions of resources from other organizations, including foreign governments;
  2. diversion of intellectual property to foreign entities;
  3. sharing of confidential information by peer reviewers with others, including in some instances with foreign entities, or otherwise attempting to influence funding decisions.

Additional information on the current regulatory landscape and guidance for actions that faculty should take in light of the focused national attention on foreign influence is available on the Guidance Regarding Foreign Influence in University Research page.

Industry Sponsored Agreements

The University of Kentucky is committed to building on its history of successful collaborations by providing a cooperative and supportive environment that benefits our research faculty, staff and students, and our sponsors.

Please use this Industry Sponsored Agreements guide for information on common issues involved in research agreements. 

Mandatory Disclosures

As required by 2 CFR §200.113, all faculty, staff, and students of the University of Kentucky must disclose, in a timely manner, all violations of Federal law potentially affecting a Federal award or sub-award, including without limitation any criminal, civil or administrative proceeding that could lead (or could have led to had the matter not been resolved by consent or compromise with an acknowledgment of fault) to a conviction, a finding of fault or liability, or a payment of a fine or penalty, reimbursement, restitution, or damages.


All potential violations must be reported to the Executive Director of the Office of Sponsored Projects Administration (OSPA).


All such disclosures will be reviewed by the appropriate University offices (e.g., OSPA, Office of Research Integrity, Research Administrative & Fiscal Affairs, Research Financial Services, Office of Legal Counsel, etc.) and, when warranted, reported to the relevant Federal awarding agency, pass-through entity, or other parties. Failure to make a required disclosure may result in any number of significant remedies, including without limitation suspension or debarment.  

Other Support/Current and Pending Support

Please see the Other Support/Current and Pending Support page for requirements and agency specific guidance.


Other Support Portal

This survey is intended to gather information about the active and pending support for your research endeavors. Most of this information is not gathered electronically in other UK data portals and will be used to enable the University to confirm accurate and complete information is included in grant applications and report to sponsors for current and new sponsored project awards.

Program Income

Excerpt: 2CFR 200 – Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements For Federal Awards § 200.307 Program Income

(a) General. Non-Federal entities are encouraged to earn income to defray program costs where appropriate.

(b) Cost of generating program income. If authorized by Federal regulations or the Federal award, costs incidental to the generation of program income may be deducted from gross income to determine program income, provided these costs have not been charged to the Federal award.

(c) Governmental revenues. Taxes, special assessments, levies, fines, and other such revenues raised by a non-Federal entity are not program income unless the revenues are specifically identified in the Federal award or Federal awarding agency regulations as program income.

(d) Property. Proceeds from the sale of real property or equipment are not program income; such proceeds will be handled in accordance with the requirements of Subpart D—Post Federal Award Requirements of this part, Property Standards § 200.311 Real property and § 200.313 Equipment, or as specifically identified in Federal statutes, regulations, or the terms and conditions of the Federal award.

(e) Use of program income. If the Federal awarding agency does not specify in its regulations or the terms and conditions of the Federal award, or give prior approval for how program income is to be used, paragraph (e)(1) of this section must apply. For Federal awards made to IHEs and nonprofit research institutions, if the Federal awarding agency does not specify in its regulations or the terms and conditions of the Federal award how program income is to be used, paragraph (e)(2) of this section must apply. In specifying alternatives to paragraphs (e)(1) and (2) of this section, the Federal awarding agency may distinguish between income earned by the recipient and income earned by subrecipients and between the sources, kinds, or amounts of income. When the Federal awarding agency authorizes the approaches in paragraphs (e)(2) and (3) of this section, program income in excess of any amounts specified must also be deducted from expenditures.

(1) Deduction. Ordinarily program income must be deducted from total allowable costs to determine the net allowable costs. Program income must be used for current costs unless the Federal awarding agency authorizes otherwise. Program income that the non-Federal entity did not anticipate at the time of the Federal award must be used to reduce the Federal award and non-Federal entity contributions rather than to increase the funds committed to the project.

(2) Addition. With prior approval of the Federal awarding agency, program income may be added to the Federal award by the Federal agency and the non-Federal entity. The program income must be used for the purposes and under the conditions of the Federal award.

(3) Cost sharing or matching. With prior approval of the Federal awarding agency, program income may be used to meet the cost sharing or matching requirement of the Federal award. The amount of the Federal award remains the same.

(f) Income after the period of performance. There are no Federal requirements governing the disposition of income earned after the end of the period of performance for the Federal award, unless the Federal awarding agency regulations or the terms and conditions of the Federal award provide otherwise. The Federal awarding agency may negotiate agreements with recipients regarding appropriate uses of income earned after the period of performance as part of the grant closeout process. See also § 200.343 Closeout.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Roles and Responsibilities Matrix outlines expectations throughout the life of a sponsored project.

Please note : The Principal Investigator is ultimately responsible for the proposal and should review the final version prior to submission.