Preparing to Use is a web portal for electronic submissions. Many applications to federal funding agencies must be submitted electronically through this web portal.

The University of Utah requires the use of Cayuse424 for supported grant proposals. For NSF applications, we require that NSF FastLane or be used although they can be accepted through other submission portals. Review the Cayuse424 information in Electronic Submission & Registration.

If submitted through Cayuse or sent directly through, then electronically forwards submitted applications to the respective funding agency (NIH and others). itself is NOT a funding agency.

Anyone at the University planning to submit an application for federal funding should read and review material on the following carefully:

  1. To download the grant application package
  2. To complete the grant application package
  3. To complete the proposal process

See Grants Toolbox for tools, templates and resources.

Please note: The University of Utah is registered as an institution at, and each Sponsored Projects Officer has a username and password that is reserved for use by OSP for the purpose of submitting proposals on behalf of the institution. Individual investigators or his/her designees are not required to have a username and password in order to use to download and complete applications prior to submission via OSP.

Grant Life Cycle step 1: Generate Your Idea Step 2: Find Funding Step 3: Develop Your Proposal Step 4: Submit Your Proposal Step 5: Manage Your Award step 6: Share Your Research
  • If you download your application package in Cayuse and receive an error that the opportunity is not fully supported, please contact your Sponsored Projects Officer for guidance on Workspace. 


Last Updated: 7/22/19