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Sponsored Programs

The Office of Sponsored Programs serves the TCU Community by providing information, personal assistance, services, and programs to those who seek financial support for scholarly endeavors. Learn more about the Office of Sponsored Programs »

How to route your proposal for TCU approval:

The Sponsored Programs Proposal Routing Form ensures that applications, contracts or proposals for external support have received adequate internal review and consideration.  The review process includes the Principal Investigator, Department Chair, the respective Dean or designee, Research Accounting and the Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies.

The signature of each stakeholder located on the Proposal Routing Form indicates their responsibility and assurance of compliance considerations.  All applications, contracts or proposals for external funds to support sponsored projects awarded to TCU, must be routed for institutional review and approval.  The Proposal Routing Form, with attachments, should be completed and received in Sponsored Programs with time allowed for adequate review and submission prior to the sponsor deadline.

Sponsored Programs utilizes FrogFlow to capture the proposal data and route the proposal form for institutional approvals.

Prior to initiating a proposal routing form in FrogFlow, you will need to access FrogFlow and establish the Office of Research tile on your  Instructions for accessing FrogFlow, creating the tile, initiating a proposal form, video of a demonstration of the system and other helpful guides can be found in our “How To” folder on box:

FrogFlow How To Folder


For questions, contact Sponsored Programs at

Proposal Development for Faculty

 The TCU Office of Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce three new programs designed to assist faculty at all levels as they develop and submit funding proposals to external sponsors.

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  • NIH REVISED GRANTS POLICY STATEMENTS (DEC 2021) NOT-OD-22-050: Publication of the Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement (Rev. December 2021) for Fiscal Year 2022
    This update is applicable to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after October 1, 2021. This update supersedes, in its entirety, the NIHGPS dated April 2021. Previous versions of the NIHGPS remain applicable as standard terms and conditions of award for all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods that began prior to October 1, 2021.
    Biosketches are required in both competing applications and progress reports. Find instructions, blank format pages, and sample biosketches below. Try SciENcv, a tool supporting multiple research agencies, to help you develop your biosketch and automatically format it according to NIH requirements.
  • NIH answers the question Are Letters of Intent Required? Sometimes a letter of intent is requested by the funding opportunity announcement as a way for NIH staff to begin planning for the review of your application. We encourage you to submit the letter of intent. However, NIH welcomes your application even if you chose not to submit the letter..
  • The National Science Foundation (NSF) has designated the National Institutes of Health’s SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) as an NSF-approved format for submission of biographical sketch(es) and is encouraging its use to prepare a biographical sketch for inclusion in proposals to NSF.  Additional information on NSF required biographical sketch can be found in the current Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 19-1).   Multiple training resources are available on the SciENcv website.
  • Revision: NIH Policy and Guidelines on the Inclusion of Individuals Across the Lifespan as Participants in Research Involving Human Subjects
  • Review Criteria Updates (Fellowship – NOT-OD-18-227; Research – NOT-OD-18-228; Career Development – NOT-OD-18-229)
  • Changes to the NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award (R15) Program (NOT-OD-19-015)
  • Reinstatement of NIH SBIR Direct-to-Phase II Authority (NOT-OD-19-019)
  • New Funding Opportunity Announcements Targeting Basic Experimental Studies with Humans (NOT-OD-19-024)
  • Harassment and Discrimination Protections in NIH Training Applications (NOT-OD-19-029)

Funding Opportunities

SPIN (Sponsored Programs Information Network)

Grants Resource Center GrantSearch
(contact the Office of Sponsored Research for username and password)

Funding Agencies