DATE: November 23, 2020
TO: Business Managers/Department Chairs/Center Directors/Faculty
FROM: Stan Jackson
Director, Office of Sponsored Programs
RE: OSP deadlines over the Winter Break, Dec. 24, 2020 – Jan. 2, 2021
This is a special announcement concerning the OSP schedule for reviewing/approving proposals with deadlines to federal and other agencies that occur during Winter Break this year.
- All proposals with submission deadlines occurring between December 25, 2020 and January 3, 2021 must be fully routed, ready for submission, and released to the OSP office by close of business on December 18, 2020; and
- All proposals with submission deadlines occurring between January 4thd and 6th, 2021 (the first 3 business days after the break) will be due to OSP by 9:00 a.m. on December 21, 2020.
This schedule is consistent with our current policy, which requires the submission of complete proposals to OSP at least three business days before the agency submission deadline. Since UMBC is closed during the Winter Break, OSP will also be closed.
The campus closure during Winter Break will cause a heavy workload on OSP staff, so we will enforce our current policy more consistently. Proposals received after the OSP deadlines specified above will be reviewed on a first-come/first-serve basis and will be submitted only if time permits. In keeping with the deadline enforcement policy of OVPR, any proposal not fully routed and ready for submission by 9:00 a.m. of the deadline date will not be submitted to the agency. If the deadline occurs over Winter Break this deadline is the last working day before the break.
Thank you for your understanding.