Currently, the Office of Contracts and Grants (OCG) is revising its resources for proposal preparation. In the meantime, see a Short Guide to Proposal Preparation, OCG Training Presentations, or the other links on this page for guidance.
Most proposals submitted to the federal government must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov or an agency specific system or portal, e.g. Fastlane, in response to the Paper Reduction Acts of the 1990”s. For details and instructions for Grants.gov, see the following documents:
Crafting the proposal is an important yet time-consuming process. The following information, as well A Short Guide to Proposal Preparation is designed to help you learn more about and navigate proposal writing and submission.
Grants: Proposals submitted under general guidelines, e.g. Funding Opportunity Announcement, Request for Application (RFA), Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)
Contracts: Proposals submitted under specific Requests for Proposals (RFP) or Purchase Orders
The following terms refer to particular types of proposals:
Proposal solicitations may take many forms, below are a few common ways in which sponsors communicate funding opportunities.
Sponsors may limit the number of proposals an institution may submit for consideration. In such instances, the office of the Vice Chancellor for Research coordinates the internal solicitation and review of these proposals: an ad hoc faculty committee reviews these proposals and the principal investigators of projects selected for submission are notified of their eligibility to prepare full proposals for submission to the sponsor.
To begin processing your proposal, provide a proposal analyst with specific information. Early provision of the following items will help ensure a smooth submission process:
Please see the links below for further information, including more specific and detailed information about the components of and how to write and submit a proposal in A Short Guide to Proposal Preparation.