An application requesting support from a sponsoring organization represents an agreement by UMES, acting as an agent of the State of Maryland, to assume financial and project responsibility for any subsequent award. It is necessary, therefore, that any such proposal have the endorsement of those responsible for carrying out the project, as well as those authorized to commit the University to a legal offer. For proposals, these latter include the President and occasionally the P.I., Comptroller and/or Director, OSRP. UMES has established a formal routing process in order to ensure that proposals or applications for sponsored research or training have been reviewed and endorsed by the various responsible persons and that there is compliance with both sponsor, University, and State policies. All proposals for external support of training, research, or service projects must be submitted to the OSRP for review and processing.