Research & Innovation Services

Proposal to Award Management (PAM)

The intention of the PAM system is to transform our current processes for applying for and managing research applications and awards. This is via the introduction of a fully integrated electronic environment which supports an excellent user experience for proposal development, submission, award management and closure. 

Whilst we have done our best to accommodate all of the most commonly used funder schemes in the new system that list is not exhaustive. If the funder or scheme you need does not appear in the list when you are setting up your project please contact Pre-Award to advise us.

Where ever possible we would be grateful if you could give us at least 24 hours’ notice if you require a new scheme to be set up. Thank you.

Proposal to Award Management (PAM) User Manuals

The deployment of this system has been split into two phases.

Phase 1 

Phase1 was deployed on 1 August 2016 and will include the following:

  • A Proposal and Award Management (PAM) application that captures summary project information
  • A new operational costing tool (embedded within PAM)
  • An automated costing approval workflow
  • Additional Tabs that capture information related to the following; Ethics, Peer Review, Data Management Plan, Dean’s Checklist, Equipment Requests, University Studentships, Project Management Requests, Contracts and links to relevant paper based forms & guidance
  • Reports that summarize the application in an appropriate format for the purpose of making the application to the Funder

Phase 2

Phase2 is planned to be deployed by July 2017:

  • Automation that will allow the removal of the RS2
  • Introduction of electronic forms with embed approval workflows
  • Improvement to reporting capabilities
  • Automated Professional Services Notifications

Phase1 Pam Deployment

The deployment started on 1 August 2016. The PAM application will be available to all Departments that wish to make an application for research funding.

The scope of Phase 1 of PAM is listed above plus the following:

  • Work streams included are; Research Projects, InnovateUK - KTP, InnovateUK – NonKTP, Doctoral Training Entities and Economic Development Projects.
  • Multidepartment Costings for any of the above with automated costing approval workflow that removes the need for an RS1 to be completed for all projects.
  • The RS2 is still required.
  • Pfact will become a read only environment from the 02.08.2016 onwards, for reference purposes. All new application will be started in the new PAM system.
  • Please do contact Pre-Award if you require more information.

Please do contact Pre-Award if you require more information.


Please don’t forget that Pre-Award are on hand to help throughout and they remain only a call, email or visit away. To support you more generally there are also a number of accessible guidance documents for your reference. Please see below.


Please go to Agresso Web and select “Proposal to Award Management" to access PAM. If for whatever reason you cannot see “Proposal to Award Management” in the menu or an Administrator requires access then please contact Pre-Award.

Issue Management

All issues, whether user or technical, should be reported to Pre-Award. Pre-Award will assess the issue and act accordingly. Submissions of tickets via Help Desk will be made by Pre-Award only. Any academic experiencing technical or user issues during the Pilot should contact Pre-Award.


A survey has been prepared in order to capture feedback that participants in the Pilot may wish to share. There are only 6 questions so it will not take long to complete. Participate in the survey.

Contact Details

Alison Evans Project Manager
Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 3350

Chris Cooper
Project Coordinator
Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 6363

Please also see our Pre-Award Development Officers