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Electronic Research Administration (eRA)

Electronic Research Administration

eRA is the process through which the administrative and business side of grant activity is automated via electronic communication.

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Submitting a proposal to a Sponsor electronically (e.g.,, FastLane, Proposal Central)

Follow agency guidelines for electronic submission and check for special computer requirements. You may need to register online with assistance from Sponsored Programs. New registrations can take several days, so please plan ahead and allow adequate time for submission. Remember that even if the proposal submission system will allow a PI or department staff member to “press the button”, UC policy still requires that the proposal be processed through the OR-Sponsored Programs office prior to submission to a sponsor.

Please ensure that there is at least one contact person available (e.g., department administrator or PI) prior to the sponsor deadline. There are often small errors, such as page limits exceeded or missing information, which will cause a proposal to be automatically rejected by a sponsor’s proposal submission system. In these cases, proposal analysts in OR-Sponsored Programs will work quickly to alert the contact person of the issue so that the contact person can resolve it and resend the corrected application to OR Sponsored Programs for resubmission to the sponsor in advance of the sponsor's deadline.

Regardless of the agency's method of submission, all proposals must have institutional endorsement before being submitted electronically.

If you need assistance in determining the correct procedure for an electronic submission, please contact your Contract and Grant Team in Office of Research, Sponsored Programs.