Sponsored Research and Programs

Funding Opportunities

Preparing Proposals

Policies and Procedures


12 Steps of Proposal Development

Step 1: Brainstorm

Identify the project idea; what you wish to do.

Step 2: Discuss Your Idea

Discuss project idea with Colleagues, Chairperson/Center Director, Dean and Office of Sponsored Research and Programs (OSRP) to evaluate your ideas and assess capabilities to conduct the project.

Step 3: Identify Possible Sources of Support

These sources can include public or private sources of support, program interest, funding levels and range of awards, requirements of support, etc. Learn more here.

Step 4: Review Specific Application Guidelines and Forms

Establish contact with sponsor as may be indicated.

Step 5: Begin "Needs" Assessment

This includes conducting a recent literature review.

Step 6: Identify and Collect Data to Support Need

Elaborate & details.

Step 7: Develop Implementation Design

Elaborate & details.

Step: 8: Write Concept Drafts of Proposal

review it with colleagues and OSRP (Elaborate & details)

Step 9: Identify Project Costs and Develop Preliminary Budget

with assistance from OSRP (Elaborate & details)

Step 10: Revise Proposal as Needed

Elaborate & details.

Step 11: Prepare Application and Budget

with assistance from OSRP (Elaborate & details)

Step 12: Submit and receive commitment and approval of Chairperson/Center Director and Dean

Elaborate & details.

Bring final copy to OSRP for institutional clearance and endorsement, AT LEAST 5 WORKING DAYS before sponsor deadline.
Proposal Is Submitted by OSRP.

If you would like to study the grant application development process in more detail, there are several books available in the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs and in Feinberg Library which discuss this process in great detail.


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