Proposal Development

Proposals that are well reviewed address general and specific expectations of the funding agency. These include the following:

  • A clear, well-documented approach to a problem that meets the expectations of proposal guidelines and solicitation requirements
  • Preliminary work that validates the proposed “innovative” method will in fact work and findings from this work have already been accepted by a peer-reviewed journal
  • Carefully thought out and meticulous presentation of research plan from start (well defined hypotheses) to finish
  • Review of literature on important information and on experimental and sampling procedures
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the discipline and with methodology
  • Partnerships and co-PIs who can collaborate to carry out the work and address the problem in an transformative way
  • Strong and practical budget rationale and assessment plan
  • Proof that the university will support the proposer and that the proposer has sufficient access to necessary resources

The Sponsored Programs Office can help you assemble your proposal, provide counsel on various portions of the project, and help you develop your budget.  In addition, PI guides for NSFand NIH have been developed to assist the principal investigator (PI) in preparing a proposal in conformance with sponsor guidelines. These guides/checklists provide information in regards to required elements, forms and formatting.