Office of Research Administration

Welcome to The University of Southern Mississippi Office of Research Administration (ORA) Web site. ORA contributes to the university’s responsibilities for education, research and service by assisting members of the campus community as they seek external support for their research, creative and other scholarly activities. ORA is also responsible for post award administration of contracts and grants awarded to the university.

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Cayuse 424 Update — July 2016

Download the Cayuse 424 Update (PDF)

Rollout of the new Cayuse 424 proposal submission system has already begun, and the Office of Research Administration has successfully submitted proposals to Grants.gov. Principal Investigators and Project Directors submitting proposals for external funding will now work with ORA using the friendlier Cayuse 424 system on all proposals submitted through both the Grants.gov and Research.gov portals.

Proposals submitted to the National Science Foundation will use the 424 system to submit proposals to the Research.gov portal. Any proposal that has already been started in FastLane can continue in FastLane, but all new proposals should be entered into 424. After July, all NSF proposals should be submitted using 424.

Proposals submitted to NASA via NSPIRES should also use 424 to submit proposals through Grants.gov. Any proposal that has already been started in NSPIRES can continue in NSPIRES, but all new proposals should be entered into 424. After July, all NASA proposals should be submitted using 424.

424 can also be used to develop proposals for submission to agencies that do not use Grants.gov or Research.gov. This will enable electronic routing of all proposals, which should be fully implemented by January. During this transitional phase, any proposal developed in 424 will use the electronic routing feature, but a paper Internal Approval Form should be completed (but not routed for signatures) and uploaded into the 424 system PRIOR to routing in 424. Your ORA Grants & Contracts Administrator will assist with this.

Beginning in January, all proposals will use the 424 system, and the paper IAF will be discontinued at that time.

No formal training is required. Your ORA administrator will help you navigate the process, but we think you will find the 424 system pretty user friendly. However, if departments or other groups would like to see a demonstration of 424, we’d be happy to arrange that.

Questions? Contact your ORA administrator, or call ORA at 601-266-4119, or send email to ora-pam@usm.edu.

424 Rollout Timeline

July 1, 2016

All proposals using the Grants.gov proposal submission portal will be routed and submitted using 424. Attach a completed and scanned IAF prior to beginning the 424 routing process (no signatures required on the paper IAF).

Aug. 1, 2016

All proposals to NSF will be submitted via the Research.gov portal using 424. This replaces FastLane. Attach a completed and scanned IAF prior to beginning the 424 routing process (no signatures required on the paper IAF).

Aug. 1, 2016

All proposals submitted to NASA will be submitted via Grants.gov using 424. This replaces NSPIRES. Attach a completed and scanned IAF prior to beginning the 424 routing process (no signatures required on the paper IAF).

Jan. 1, 2017

All proposals will be developed and routed using 424. The paper IAF will be discontinued.

National Science Foundation Automated Compliance Checks, July 2016

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