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The essence of a competitive grant includes:
1. An idea that is fundable,
2. A plan
3. A reasonable budget,
4. A match with an appropriate funder.
One way to find out what is fundable is to monitor grant requests
for proposals and scholarly proceedings and publications. This
type of "market research" can help you to understand
what types of grants are being funded.
Good proposals answer the following questions: Why, Who, What,
Where, When, and How?
Why is this a good idea or project and why is it important?
Who will be doing the work?
What exactly will be done, and Where will the work take place?
How will you measure the work?
When includes information about timelines, benchmarks, and deadlines.
In many ways, the budget amount can help direct you to an appropriate
funder, who ideally needs to be interested in the type of work
you want to do!
Develop an idea
Talk to your colleagues and chair to determine feasibility and
to gather potential sources of support
Identify and review potential sources of funding
Determine eligibility, deadlines and requirements
Draft proposal and develop budget (follow directions!)
Have colleagues review content and give feedback
ALL grants must be routed through the Proposal Sign-Off Process
prior to submission. Only authorized organization representatives
may submit grants. Proposal Sign-Off may be routed electronically
using the Graduate School Workflow on Lotus Notes.
PROPOSALS MUST BE APPROVED BY:
3. Grants Office
4. Provost or VP Admin and Finance
Finalize grant and submit
Be available for negotiation or revisions if required
Contact grants office when grant is awarded or denied
If awarded, establish grant account in business office
If not awarded, review peer review comments if provided
Resubmit as appropriate