Grant Proposal Process

Planning

Receiving a grant usually begins with good planning.  Plan your project carefully, and do your research to find the grant maker most likely to support the work you want to do.  Grant staff can help you with both of these steps.    

Preparing and submitting a proposal

Grants staff review the grant program guidelines and provide a summary to Academic Affairs of key points, including any institutional obligations that are required as a condition of receiving a grant. Upon approval from Academic Affairs,  grants staff work with you to prepare your proposal. When your proposal narrative  and the project budget is nearly complete, grants staff circulate those documents to the Business Office and Academic Affairs for their review and approval. Upon approval from both the Business Office and Academic Affairs, we work with you to submit your proposal.

Notification

The funding agency notifies applicants of their funding decision, sometimes to the Grants Office, sometimes to you as the faculty or staff member serving as project director, or sometimes to the president's office. If your proposal is awarded, read the reviewer comments, grant contract and terms carefully. Note the conditions and report due dates. The Grants Office and Business Office staff will meet with you to explain and advise on post-award administration of your grant. If your proposal is declined, Grants Office staff can help you decide whether to revise for a future submission. Sometimes a grant seeker is successful on their second or third attempt. If the funder makes reviewer comments available, look for insights into how you can improve your proposal.