UFIRST Forum and Training

Open Forums available

Join us for an open forum to discuss UFIRST Proposals, SF424, Agreements and Awards.  Be a part of the continued commitment to improving UFIRST by identifying business processes that are challenging or parts of UFIRST that are complex or buggy.

In August 2013, the University of Florida Office of Research kicked off the UFIRST program to redesign the proposal and awards process.  UFIRST is also a commitment to ongoing process improvement.  The implementation of the awards module is not an END to that commitment, but simply a change from implementation to evolution.  The conversation continues.

After living with UFIRST Proposals and Agreements for 21 months and awards for 5, we would like to invite you to an Open Forum to identify opportunities for UFIRST improvements in the coming year.  In order to accommodate the broadest possible audience, we will be hosting the next session at:

Monday, December 12: Florida Gym Room 250 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Three courses offering hands on training in use of the UFIRST system are offered by DSP.  The courses are generally offered quarterly.  Registration is available through the myTraining link below.

RSH282: UFIRST Awards

Course Description: This course focuses on the final phase of the University of Florida Integrated Research Support Tool: UFIRST Awards. UFIRST Awards is the official awards management system for the University. In this class, participants will learn about the functionalities of the new module, in addition to important awards management and reporting concepts.

RSH281: Grants.gov Submissions via UFIRST SF424

Course Description:  This course is designed for those who will be developing or coordinating applications to Federal Grant Programs for submission via UFIRST to Grants.gov.  It outlines how to create the SF424 Application Package from the UFIRST Proposal, import subawards, update the SF424 Application Package after changes have been made to the UFIRST Proposal, and notify DSP that the UFIRST Proposal and SF424 Application Package are ready for final review, approval, and submission to Grants.gov.

RSH280: UFIRST Proposals & Agreements

Course Description: This course is designed to support UFIRST – the University of Florida Integrated Research Support Tool. In this session you will learn how to use the University’s proposal routing system, which includes functions for entering proposal information, creating budgets, attaching supporting documentation and routing agreements and proposals to the Division of Sponsored Programs (DSP).


Registration for UFIRST training is now available via myTraining.

Course listings are published on the Human Resources website.


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