Significant Changes Coming July 1st to FSU Research
What is RAMP
Florida State University’s Office of Research is in the process of implementing a new system called Research Administration Management Portal (RAMP). This is an exciting change for the university that will create one comprehensive system for the management of research proposals, ACUC and IRB protocols, contract negotiations, subcontracts, and export control information. It will allow FSU researchers and administrators the ability to obtain contract and grant proposal and award information within one system. It will also provide the ability to seamlessly route proposals internally to the FSU Research Foundation (FSURF) or Sponsored Research Administration (SRA), as well as system-to-system proposal submission to sponsors (where available). In addition, the system provides the functionality to submit ACUC and IRB protocols electronically for the central office and committee review and approval.
Please visit the RAMP project website at https://ramp.research.fsu.edu/ for more information.
What is Changing
Proposal routing will change on July 1. Proposal Transmittal Forms (PTFs) will no longer be required and use of RAMP Grants will be required for proposal submissions. This change applies to all external funding from all sponsors (through SRA and FSU Research Foundation). There will be a grace period option available for proposals due July 15 or earlier, which will allow researchers to submit proposals through the PTF process, if needed.
Training & Guidance for the New Process
Extensive training and guidance will be available beginning in May and will continue well beyond the deployment of RAMP Grants. A variety of training methods will be utilized, such as, online courses, how-to guides, quick reference sheets and videos. Frequently Asked Questions will also be added to the RAMP project website for review and these will be updated periodically as the team responds to questions and feedback during training courses.
RAMP Grants provides electronic grants management and system-to-system proposal submission capability that interfaces with Grants.gov. The system provides helpful timesavers, including but not limited to, populating salary data for personnel listed in proposals, the ability to copy prior proposals submitted, and allowing transparency in the proposal and award process through the option to check the status in real-time.
RAMP Grants integrates with other RAMP modules – IRB and Agreements, as well as OMNI.
RAMP Grants provides electronic grants management and system-to-system proposal submission capability that interfaces with Grants.gov
What is Remaining the Same
Impact on Deadlines
There will be no impact on proposal deadlines. Proposals will continue to be due to SRA and the FSURF at least three days prior to the sponsor due date. They will continue to offer the flexibility to change the technical section of proposals until 9:00 AM on the due date.
The current policy (7A-19 Proposal Submission) can be found on the Office of Research Policies and Procedures website.
For more information, see the RAMP Grants FAQs.