The University of the Virgin Islands President serves as the Principal Investigator on the UVI Title III and SAFRA grant programs. Before the commencement of each five-year cycle, the President establishes a programmatic theme, based on the University's Strategic Plan. Faculty and staff are invited to submit project pre-proposals consistent with the theme and the overall objectives of the program. The Request for Proposals describes the program theme and the deadline by which pre-proposals must be submitted to the Office of the President.

Members of faculty and staff are required to conform to the internal review requirements of their respective colleges/schools. Proposals submitted to the President will not be considered if they have not been approved by the Dean, Division Chair or Unit Head, Vice Provost for Research and Public Service (if applicable), the Provost, and the Office of Sponsored Programs and Title III.

The UVI President determines which projects will be incorporated into the institution's application to the U.S. Department of Education, based on the consistency of the submittals with the selected theme. The Title III office will notify the project directors for each of the selected projects, invite them to prepare full proposals for consideration by the U.S. Department of Education, and provide them with instructions and technical assistance for doing so. Project proposals are not accepted for consideration if received by the Title III office after the established deadline.

Model proposals, depicting the proposal format(s) that should be utilized, and all necessary forms are available from the Title III Coordinator at the Office of Sponsored Programs. The project proposals must contain the following:

Draft proposals may be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs, not later than ten (10) working days prior to the federal deadline to allow ample time for review, revision, and preparation of the full UVI proposal.