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Proposal Authorisation Form

All research funding proposals involving UL (whether in a lead or partner role) require a completed Research Proposal Authorisation Form (PAF).

A fillable PDF version of the PAF is available at Proposal Authorisation Form (PDF version). This version supports digital signatures.

Please ensure all sections of the form are completed. Key points to note include:

  • The person submitting a proposal most obtain approval from the appropriate Head of Department
  • The PAF should be signed by the Applicant and the Applicant's Head of Department, for each Applicant/Co-Applicant named in the proposal
  • If the proposal budget is more than €25,000, or if it includes any personnel costs or industry funding, then the budget must be reviewed and approved by the Finance Office, who then also sign the Research Proposal Authorisation Form
  • The completed PAF and the proposal should be submitted (either electronic or physical copy) prior to submission to the funding agency to Research Support Services, Room F2-012, Foundation Building, or by email to

Please note that the PDF version of the form should be downloaded prior to filling it out. You can do this by right clicking on the link above and choosing 'Save As'. Once downloaded to your PC, you can then fill out the form and forward it for digital signature as necessary. You can download the free Adobe Reader software here: Adobe Reader download. If you have difficulty using the PDF version of the form, you can find a Microsoft Word version at the following link: Proposal Authorisation Form (Word version)

Proposal Authorisation Form (pdf)

Proposal Authorisation Form (Word)


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