Proposal Management: PAF Changes

Overview

This procedure details how the PI & Project Team can:

Important Information

  • Before a PAF is routed for approval, the PI & Project Team can make changes freely because it is still being prepared. After the PAF is routed for approval, there are processes in place to make and submit changes. These changes are tracked in the eRPM system.
  • Although changes are tracked in eRPM, it is REQUIRED to use the comments to summarize the changes made.
  • eRPM allows Reviewers to make changes. If a Reviewer is making a change, it locks the PI & Project Team and other departments from making changes. If a Reviewer submits a change, the U-M Principal Investigator and Primary Research Administrator will receive an email.
  • The PI or Project Team, may need to change a PAF for a variety of reasons. How a PI or Project Team member can make these changes depends on the PAF’s State (where it is in the process) and the situation. See the table below for when to use the various activities.
Activity When to Use It Who Can Use It
Project Team Make Changes
  • PAF has been routed for unit approval (Unit Review state) and PI & Project wants to make a change(s).
Anyone with PAF Edit Rights
Project Team Submit Changes
  • Need to submit changes made by Project Team.
  • Need to submit changes that were made per a request for a change from Unit or ORSP.
Primary Research Administrator or U-M PI
Project Team Decline Changes
  • Unit or ORSP requested change and PI & Project Team does not agree with requested change.
  • May also be used to decline post-submission changes.
Primary Research Administrator or U-M PI
Project Team Request ORSP Action
  • ORSP Review states – PAF has been approved by all units and is being reviewed by ORSP.
  • Submitted to Sponsor state – Proposal has been reviewed by ORSP and Submitted Sponsor.
    Sponsor may contact PI to make changes.
  • Negotiation state – Proposal is in negotiation.
    Sponsor may contact PI to make changes.
Primary Research Administrator or Primary Post-Award Contact

Make and Submit PAF Changes

Use Project Team Make Changes when:

  • PAF has been routed for unit approval (Unit Review state) and PI & Project wants to make change(s).
  • Received a request for a change from Unit or ORSP and PI & Project needs to make change(s).

When either a Unit or ORSP requests a change:

  • U-M PI & Primary Research Administrator will receive an email.
  • PAF will become editable again.
    • Appears in Home Workspace Inbox in PAFs with Required Action section.
    • Has one of the following states (depending on who requested change):
      • Unit Review - Project Team Making Changes
      • ORSP Review - Project Team Making Changes
  1. If a Unit or ORSP requested changes, go to step 6.
    The PAF is in a state of Unit Review and cannot be edited. View PAF Worksheet displays instead of Edit PAF Worksheet.
  2. Click the Project Team Make Changes activity from the PAF Workspace.
  3. Enter Comments.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Project Team Making Changes is logged under Recent Activity on the PAF Workspace.
    Notes
    • The system logs who performed the activity (author) and the activity date/time.
    • Change requests from a unit or ORSP are logged in Recent Activity.
  6. The state of the PAF is Unit Review – Project Team Making Changes.
    Notes
    • When the state of the PAF is Unit Review – Project Team Making Changes it disappears from the Inbox of reviewers whose turn it is to review the PAF (Pending) because changes need to be made by the Project Team. If these Reviewers need to view the PAF, they will be able to see it using All PAFs.
    • If you received a change request from ORSP, the state of the PAF is ORSP Review – Project Team Making Changes.
  7. Click Edit PAF Worksheet.
  8. Make applicable changes in the PAF Worksheet.
    Notes
    • Use the Forms menu to go directly to the page where you need to make a change.
    • Important Anyone with edit access to the PAF can make changes while it is open for editing.
    • If two people are editing the same page at the same time, the last person to save, saves the page. The other person’s information is overwritten. Be sure to communicate with your collaborators when making edits.
  9. Click Save.
  10. Click Exit to return to the PAF Workspace.
  11. Click Project Team Submit Changes activity from the PAF Workspace.
    Notes
    • Changes will not be written to the PAF and viewed by Reviewers and ORSP until they are submitted.
    • Only the U-M PI or Primary Research Administrator can submit changes.
  12. Check the applicable Change Type box.
    Notes
    • If you decide that changes are not needed, check the No Changes Made box.
    • If you change key personnel, verify your Administrative Home, Space for Key Personnel, and Project Personnel Details.
  13. Enter the Reason for Change.
    Note The change log tracks all changes made with a line for each page, but it is not convenient for quick review.
  14. Click OK.
    Notes
    • Project Team Submitted Changes is logged in the Recent Activity list. It logs your comment, who performed the activity (author), and the activity date/time.
    • The state of the PAF changed to Unit Review. If you received a change request from ORSP, the state of the PAF would return to ORSP Review.
    • You cannot edit the PAF. View PAF Worksheet displays.

Decline Requested PAF Changes

Only the Primary Research Administrator or U-M PI can decline request changes.

Use Project Team Decline Requested Changes when:

  • Unit or ORSP requested change and PI & Project Team does not agree with the requested change.
  • May also be used to decline post-submission changes.

When either a Unit or the ORSP requests a change:

  • PI & Project Team will receive an email.
  • PAF will become editable again.
  1. Click on the PAF from your Home Workspace.
    Note The state of the PAF is either:
    • Unit Review - Project Team Making Changes
    • ORSP Review - Project Team Making Changes
  2. Click the Project Team Decline Requested Changes activity from the PAF Workspace.
  3. Enter Comments explaining why you are declining to make changes.
  4. Click OK.

Request ORSP Action to Make Changes

Anyone with access to edit the PAF can request ORSP Action.

Use Project Team Request ORSP Action when in the state of:

  • ORSP Review – PAF has been approved by all units and is being reviewed by ORSP.
  • Submitted to Sponsor – Proposal has been reviewed by ORSP and Submitted Sponsor.  The Sponsor may contact PI to make changes.
  • Negotiation in Progress – Proposal is in negotiation. The Sponsor may contact PI to make changes.
  1. Click the Project Team Request ORSP Action activity from the PAF Workspace.
  2. Enter Comments that explain that you want to:
    • Request that ORSP edit the PAF
    • Enable the project team to edit the PAF
    • Have ORSP cancel the PAF
    Note Do not use this activity to indicate finalization of the proposal document or communicate submission instructions to ORSP.
  3. If applicable, click Add to upload any supporting documents.
  4. (Optional) Check any recipients to receive an email.
    Note If no recipients are checked, no notification will be sent.
  5. Click OK.
    Note Requesting to make a change does not automatically allow a project team to make changes (i.e., does not put the PAF into an editable state). The request must be approved by ORSP. If ORSP approves, you will then be able to make changes to the PAF.
Last Updated: 
Monday, January 11, 2021