Types of Proposals

The Sponsored Programs Office can help you with any type of proposal, from new proposals (those being submitted to the sponsor for the first time) to renewals. Each type of proposal, outlined below, may have its own requirements or qualifications.

  1. New Proposal—A proposal submitted to a sponsor for the first time, or a proposal being resubmitted after having been declined by a potential sponsor.
  2. Revised Proposal—This modifies a proposal that is pending or is otherwise unfunded, but not official declined by the sponsor. If a proposal has been declined, a new proposal must be prepared.
  3. Supplemental Proposal—A supplemental asks for an increase in support for a proposal that has already been funded. The requested increase would occur in the current budget period and may involve a broadening of the project's approved scope. Since additional funding is requested, a new budget is required.
  4. Continuation Proposal—A continuation applies to a multi-year award. The continuation proposal requests the already approved funds for the next phase (or next year) of the project. Typically, sponsors require a progress report and budget before releasing additional funds. These proposals only apply to project and budget years that were approved by the sponsor in the original award.
  5. Pre-proposal/Notice of Intent—The purpose of the pre-proposal is to peak the interest of a potential sponsor. It typically does not include a cost estimate and is not expected to result in an award. Interested sponsors will ask for a full proposal. See the transmittal sheet (PDF) for detailed information and the required form.