Office of Pre-Award Services (OPAS)

IMPORTANT Changes in Services

5/27/21: Due to staff vacancy, the Office of Pre-Award Services (OPAS) cannot take on any new proposal development support until further notice. OPAS will still be submitting proposals, just not supporting development of proposals.

Late Proposals: Until further notice, late proposal requests will be accepted only in truly exceptional cases, on a case-by-case basis, and only if OPAS has reviewer availability without redirecting effort from other proposals.

Please note: When a proposal is due in the middle of a specific date, OPAS treats it as though it is due the day before. This is to ensure the early cutoff time does not jeopardize submission. Please take this into account when calculating the five-day internal deadline.  For more information, please review the links below. For pre-award related questions, please contact us at pre-award@umass.edu.

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The Office of Pre-Award Services (OPAS) reviews and submits all proposals to funding agencies for externally sponsored programs in research, instruction, and other public service programs as authorized in the university’s Trustee Policy T94-034. OPAS supports and advances the university's mission by providing leadership and expertise in the area of pre-award research administration.

OPAS supports two primary pre-award functions:

 
The Office of Research and Engagement has multiple offices that support the research mission of the campus in the development of sponsored project funding. Services available and how to engage the proposal process are outlined in more detail in the categories on the left-side menu of this page and linked here:

Develop Proposal – roles of supporting offices, proposal development overview and tools
Review and Submission – an overview of the OPAS review and submission process
Post-Submission – revised budget process, Just-In-Time (JIT), NSF updates

Important policies and resources related to the proposal process:
Roles and Responsibilities of Principal Investigators and Co-Investigators
Request access to Kuali
Five-Day Proposal Submission Procedure - Overview
Roles and Responsibilities in the proposal process
Proposal Preparation Guide
Fact Sheet
Research Compliance
Policies, Guidance, and Forms