Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Will all grant proposals go through the new system?

  2. When will this project be done?

  3. Who is directing and managing the project?

  4. How can I get a look at the plans and provide input?

  5. How did the project get named?


  1. Yes, all new proposals must be submitted through RAPSS, effective August 8. During the current transition period, which will be completed in October, the RAPSS team is developing the ability to migrate existing activities on grants, contracts, and awards into RAPSS. Until that is accomplished, for transactions already in progress that were not previously submitted through RAPSS, the current paper endorsement process will be in effect. A matrix outlining the intended uses for RAPSS now and in the future is posted here.

  2. Phase II was completed and went live on August 8, 2016.

  3. ORED has engaged Huron Consulting to customize and install its Click® Portal Solution for electronically managing grants and research contracts. Huron’s project team comes to campus regularly to meet with the university team working on RAPSS, which includes front-line users and research development professionals from numerous Rutgers schools. The project is being led jointly by Diane Ambrose, who directs the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs; Faizan Ahmed, associate director of IT in ORED; and Steve Schipper, project manager in the Office of Information Technology. Terri Goss Kinzy, vice president for research, is overseeing the project.

  4. Just send an email to rapss@rutgers.edu and we’ll let you know when the next demo is scheduled. You can always send input to that email account. You’ll find a list of our team, the school liaisons and the advisory group on our contact us page. All of these people would be happy to hear from you.  

  5. After considering several suggestions from the implementation team and others working on the system during the planning stages of the project, we chose the name Research Administration and Proposal Submission System. It was suggested by Nicole Nicholas, a research contract and grant specialist in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.