A RAPid alert on behalf of ORSP and eResearch.

New Requirement - All Investigators Must Sign PAF Beginning Mid-September 2020 


To help ensure that the University of Michigan accurately and completely discloses all information required by our funding agencies, all U-M investigators listed on a Proposal Approval Form (PAF) will be required to complete a revised “Sign PAF” activity.

NoteIn order to complete the “Sign PAF” activity, investigators will need to have a current outside interest disclosure on file in the M-Inform system (within the past 365 days).

What changes have been made to the “Sign PAF” activity?

The “Sign PAF” activity has been updated to include:

  • Questions regarding investigator outside interest disclosure as it relates to the proposal.
  • Questions regarding investigator international engagements (e.g., appointments, resources).
  • Attestation of investigator role and responsibilities.

Who will need to complete the “Sign PAF” activity?

All investigators listed on a PAF, including the following roles:
  • U-M Principal Investigator
  • U-M Sponsor Principal Investigator
  • Participating Investigator with Specified Effort
  • Participating Investigator without Specified Effort
  • Non-faculty Investigator

When does the “Sign PAF” activity have to be completed?

Investigators are expected to sign the PAF prior to proposal submission. The proposal will still be submitted even if the PAF lacks all required signatures, but: 
  • Investigators who have not signed at the time of proposal submission will receive email reminders to complete this activity. 
  • After 30 days, the proposal will be at risk of withdrawal. 
  • All signatures must be completed prior to award acceptance. 

When will the updated “Sign PAF” activity be required in eRPM?

  • September 14, 2020

What can I do to prepare?

  • Encourage investigators to update their M-Inform outside interest disclosures.
  • Stay tuned to future RAPid announcements for more details about this change, including impacts to current proposals and awards.
Thank you for all you do to support research at U-M. Stay safe, healthy, and enjoy the rest of your summer. 
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