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Concept Development

The Idea

Successful grant seeking begins with a good idea. The idea can manifest itself as a research, scholarly, or artistic project, an educational program, or a service initiative. The search for funding sources represents the beginning of an important interactive process in which a well-developed idea provides the basis for identifying potential funding agencies. At the same time the process of reviewing funding opportunities can contribute to new ideas and/or a more focused project. The project should align with the mission and goals of the department, school and the College. It is helpful to think of the search for a funding source as the search for a partner with a mutual goal.  This concept of sponsor-as-partner defines the writer’s perspective as the proposal is developed.

For assistance in concept development and submission to OGSR for prospecting please use the template that our office has provided titled Concept Paper Development Template.