Pre-Award Naming Conventions

Important Note: Please note that these naming conventions are only intended for transactions of passing proposal files between unit proposal coordinators and OGCA. Faculty are not expected to use these naming conventions. OGCA only requests that a proposal being submitted via email use the naming convention of S#-Dept-PI Name somewhere in the subject line to facilitate easier tracking of the email, unless sponsor guidelines dictate another naming convention that takes precedence.

  1. Documents in the “Working” folder are drafts or backup documentation only that the department uses in preparation of the proposal package.
  2. When the department has a proposal needing OGCA review, the action type for the document(s) should be changed to “Review” and placed in the “OGCA Review” folder.

Example: S29999-CFOS-NSF-Smith-SOW-20150401-Review

  1. Once OGCA reviews a file, the action type will be changed to either “Fix” if changes are needed. Once the department makes the needed changes, the action type should be changed back to “Review”.

Example: S29999-CFOS-NSF-Smith-SOW-20150401-Fix

  1. Once OGCA approves a document, the action type will be marked as “Final” and place in the “Final” folder. »These will be the final documents of record.

Example: S29999-CFOS-NSF-Smith-SOW-20150401-Final

  1. Files can be copied and renamed when application guidelines dictate a specific filename, especially for some submissions.

Revisions - Create a new folder for the revision in the base folder of the unit, like a regular proposal. Revision folders use the same naming convention as parent folders with the addition of R1 (R2, R3, R4 etc.) at the end of the S#. If the parent proposal folder is still in the in progress section of the unit folder, the revision folder can be placed inside it for OGCA review. If the parent proposal folder is in the completed proposals section of the unit folder, keep the revision in the in progress section. After review and completion of the revision, OGCA will move the revised proposal folder under the parent proposal folder.

Example: S29999R1-CFOS-NSF-Smith

Subawards - If UAF will be a subaward on a proposal, put the prime agency in parentheses next to the direct sponsor name. Note that Banner FRAPROP should list the direct sponsor (prime awardee that will sub to UAF) and never the prime sponsor.

Example: S29999-CFOS-UW (NSF)-Smith

Sponsor Names - Please do not make up acronyms for sponsor names. OGCA uses specific acronyms for post-award management, and can provide this to you if requested.

  • OGCA must review all components/documents/forms that make up any proposal submitted to the agency/sponsor. OGCA understands that documents may have to be reviewed in pieces due to the nature of the proposal. Before final approval of the proposal, all related documents must be included in the review folder.
  • The naming conventions were developed to ensure consistency internally and externally. If the FOA or Sponsor guidelines require specific document names that will take precedence.
  • Only send out documents that have been reviewed by OGCA as indicated in the proposal folder with (1) the proper naming convention and (2) the extension “Final”.
  • When final documents are sent to agencies and sponsors they should be PDF unless specified as otherwise in the FOA or from the sponsor.
  • Add the following statement within your email and cc: when submitting to the sponsor via email.

Any administrative correspondence related to the official submission of this proposal should be directed to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Office of Grants & Contracts Administration at»» If the information is technical or programmatic in nature please forward to the Principal Investigator.

  • Ultimately, as the authorized organizational representative for UAF, OGCA will need to ensure all documents related to the proposal have been reviewed and approved before submission to the agency.
  • When OGCA reviews documents in Word and Excel format for ease of review and editing, the documents will have to be converted to PDF before submittal to sponsor. OGCA will convert them to PDF copy and save as “Final” in the proposal folder as part of our review and approval process. If the sponsor requests a single file for e-submission, the filename should be tagged as “PROP” per the document type guidelines contained herein, while following the rest of the naming convention.

Sponsor/Agency Document Types

Document Name/Type Abbreviation Comments
Types of Funding Announcements    
→ Broad Agency Announcement BAA  
→ Funding Opportunity Announcement FOA  
→ Parent/Program Application PA  
→ Request for Application RFA  
→ Request for Proposal RFP  
→ Request for Quote/Quotation RFQ  
Letter of Intent/Inquiry/Interest  LOI  
Pre-Proposal PREP  
Proposal (final version with all components)  PROP  This includes a full downloaded copy of the submitted proposal from NSF, NIH, NSPIRES, etc. Application Package APP   
Cover Letter  CLTR   
Table of Contents  TOC   
Cover Page CP   
Face Page FP  
Standard Form 424 (SF-424) SF424  Application for Federal Assistance
Standard Form 424A (SF-424A) SF424A  Budget Info, Non-Construction Programs 
Standard Form 424B (SF-424B) SF424B  Assurances, Non-Construction Programs
Research & Related Budget (SF-424 R&R) SF424RR  
→ Statement of Work/Scope of Work SOW  
→ Statement of Need SON  
→ Statement of Opportunity SOO  
→ Project Narrative PN  
→ Project Description PD  
→ Collaborators and Other Affiliations (NSF)
→ Summary of Proposed Work (NSF Supplement) SPW  
→ Justification for Supplement (NSF Supplement)
→ Data Management Plan (NSF) DMP  
→ Postdoctoral Mentoring Plan (NSF) PMP  
→ Budget (Sponsor Format) BUD  
→ Budget (UAF Internal Spreadsheet) IBUD  
→ Basis of Estimate BOE  
→ Budget Narrative BN  
→ Budget Justification BJ  
→ Budget Impact Statement (NSF)
Biographical Sketch BS  
Curriculum Vitae CV  
References Cited REF  
Resources RES  
Facilities & Resources FR  
Current & Pending Support CPS  
→ Letter of Commitment LOC  
→ Letter of Support LOS  
→ Memorandum of Agreement MOA  
→ Memorandum of Understanding MOU  
Representations and Certifications RC  
Assurances ASR  
Quote QUO  
Estimate(s) EST  
Vendor Agreement VA  
Salary Rate(s) SR  
→ Subrecipient Commitment Form SCF  
→ Subaward SOW SSOW  
→ Subaward Budget SBUD  
→ Subaward Budget Justification SBJ  
Conflict of Interest List COI  


UAF Internal Document Types

Document Name/Type Abbreviation Comments
Proposal Review, Approval, and Submission (PRAS) PRAS Will replace Routing Form
F&A Waiver WAI  
Matching/Cost Sharing Form MCS  
PI Eligibility Waiver PIE  
CAS Exemption CAS  
Routing Form RF Until new PRAS form is adopted
Submittal Confirmation SC  
Revision Submittal Confirmation RSC  
Update Submittal Confirmation (NSF Proposal File Update) USC  
Final Submittal Email FSE