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The Grant Lifecycle

Proposal Preparation

A proposal is an application to receive funding for a project, which contains information regarding who plans to do the work, how it will be done, and what it will cost. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs provides several services during the pre-award, or proposal development, stage.

A carefully prepared application is essential to the success of a research-funded proposal. As you navigate your way through this section, you will find various resources needed to develop a proposal, including required forms, institutional data, and sponsor information.

Pay particular attention to the guidelines that accompany the application forms. Some items to pay close attention to are the sponsor’s funding interests, average funding levels, maximum size of awards, and page limitations. If the guidelines are not closely followed, the proposal may not be accepted.