Research and Sponsored Programs

Frequently-Asked Questions

The following frequently-asked questions are intended to help researchers navigate the University's system of assistance and oversight for proposals and awards.

Where can I find program announcements and solicitations?

The University of Toledo subscribes to Infoed Global's SPIN Plus, a premier funding opportunity search engine with over 40,000 current opportunities across all disciplines. SPIN features a customizable personal profile and search-specific email alerts. Other search options include grants.gov for federal sponsors and the Foundation Center's online directory for foundations.  

For more information, contact Rick Francis, Director of Research Advancement and Information Systems.

Where are the RSP offices located?
  • Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP)
    Main Campus | Research & Technology Complex 1 Building (R1) | Suites 2200 & 2300
  • Human Research Protection Program (HRPP)
    Health Science Campus | Center for Creative Education Building (CCE) | Suite 2102
  • Institutional Care and Use of Animals in Research (IACUC) & Research Biosafety
    Main Campus | Research & Technology Complex 1 Building (R1) | Suites 1020E
  • Export Control Compliance
    Main Campus | Research & Technology Complex 1 Building (R1) | Suites 2355
What internal forms do I need to get my proposal approved?
The required forms can be found on the RSP Forms web page.
Where do I find the institutional data need for my proposal?
How do I apply for a Limited Submission RFP on behalf of UToledo?

A limited submission refers to a funding opportunity that places a limitation on the number of proposals a single entity can submit each cycle. UToledo has an internal selection process in place to determine which applicants will be submitting to a sponsor for consideration.

For more information, contact Eva English, Manager for Proposal Development

The program I want to apply to requires online submission. What does RSP do?
The answer varies with the sponsor and program, but many require submission by the RSP office and many require the PI to have an account. Contact the RSP office to ensure you are correctly registered (if required) with the agency and to get information specific to your program.
I have questions on the budget for my proposal. Can RSP help me?
Yes
RSP can assist with salaries, fringe benefit rates, indirect cost rates and calculations and more.
When do the Investigator Financial Disclosure Rules apply?

In accordance with PHS policy and as indicated in the relevant UToledo policy, all individuals on a grant proposal, regardless of role, as well as unnamed individuals  involved in the design, conduct, or reporting of the program, are required to disclose any financial conflicts of interest annually and whenever there is a change of interests.

For more information, contact Gary Rafe, Compliance Analyst.

How many days do you need to review my proposal?

RSP asks for a minimum of 5 days ahead of the deadline, but it's never too early to make sure the right questions are being answered.

Complex proposals, e.g. with subcontractors or multiple investigators, may require weeks of work! Many proposals can be reviewed in a matter of days, but it is ALWAYS a good idea to begin discussing your proposal with RSP as soon as possible.

Who is the Authorized Official? Is it the PI?
The University of Toledo has a very short list of administrators who are authorized to sign proposals. This information may be found on the RSP Institutional Data web pages.  Main Campus Data | Health Science Campus Data.
Whom should I contact about getting approval to use animals in my research?

For information regarding animal procurement, care, training and research facilities, please the Department of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR).

The Institutional Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is responsible for the oversight of all research activities involving animals  at UToledo are done in accordance to all federal, state and local laws, regulations and policies.

For more information, contact Elaine Joseph, Project Administrator, IACUC, IBC, IRE.

Whom should I contact about getting approval to use human subjects in my research?

UToledo's Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is responsible for the oversight University of Toledo's research activities involving human subjects. Research protocols are reviewed by one of three UToledo Institutional Review Boards (IRBs):

For more information on what research must be reviewed by IRBs and other items such as required training and submission forms, please visit the HRPP website

Whom should I contact about using hazardous substances, such as infectious agents or radioactive isotopes?

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is responsible for the administration and oversight of research  involving the use of biological agents including but not limited to viruses,  bacteria, fungi, parasites, recombinant and synthetic nucleic acids, select agents  and toxins, human blood, cells and cell lines, stem cells, plant cell lines, non-rodent transgenic animals and animal blood, animal cells and cell lines, and other human and animal tissues and products.

For more information, contact Elaine Joseph, Project Administrator, IACUC, IBC, IRE.

For the use of radioactive isotopes in research, please refer to the Radiation Safety Program web page.

Who is responsible for copying and mailing a proposal?
The PI is responsible for these tasks. This includes shipping through FedEx, UPS, USPS and DHL.
My grant ends this year. How can I get an extension?
Start by contact the RSP office. Updated compliance forms may be required.
My question isn't here. Whom shall I contact?
Start with a phone call to the RSP office at 419.530.2844 or send your question via email at ResearchAdmin.MC@UToledo.edu.

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Last Updated: 11/4/20