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FAQs about Proposal Development

How do I get started?

Good proposals begin with an idea that the Principle Investigator (PI) is passionate about. Once you have an idea that you want to pursue, explore funding sources.

You can also contact OAGSR, the staff has a vast knowledge of what grants are available and will be able to point you in the right direction.

Read more about Getting Started.


Am I able to keep my Department Chair and Dean abreast of my progress? 

In eGrants, e-mail notifications are automatically sent to your department chair and dean when you submit an early notification, budget, and routing form. They will also receive an e-mail prompt when they need to sign-off on the proposal.

Read more about eGrants.


Where do I get basic information about the College such as EIN or Tax ID numbers, or accounting information like fringe benefit rates (Facilities and Administration, aka Indirect Costs) or projected salary increments for additional budget years?

Basic information about the College such as fringe benefit rates and F&A (Facilities and Administration, aka Indirect Costs) rates are built into eGrants and are automatically calculated, as are projected salary increments for subsequent budget years.

If you still need more information, contact OAGSR.


Where are guidelines to help me develop a budget?

A template for budget development is available on eGrants and in our eGrants Tutorial.

Read more about the Budget Guidelines and budget development.


How much time should I allow for budget review?

You should submit your budget through eGrants no later than three to four weeks before the proposal is due to the funder.

For more guidelines on dates, see the Timetable for Preparing a Proposal.


How much time should I allow for final proposal review?

You should submit your final proposal to OAGSR approximately one week before it is due to the funder.

For more guidelines on dates, see the Timetable for Preparing a Proposal.


Am I able to make online federal submissions?

Yes. Federal proposals can be submitted via grants.gov.

Electronic Submissions – Applications must be submitted at least 3 days prior to the due date in order to ensure the proposal is received by the sponsoring agency

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