Planning for Grants
1) Find Funding
Check out the CLASS Funding Opportunities page.
Attend a Pivot Table Training offered by Corporate and Foundation Relations or meet with your Associate Dean to identify funding strategies.
Government and Funding Agencies and Corporations and Foundations
*Note some calls for proposals will only allow one proposal from an institution, so be sure to check in early with the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Also, check out the list of potential corporate and foundation partners.
Talk to Your Department Chair
Let your department chair know what you are considering applying for and keep them in the loop particularly if this would shift your position description or have space or teaching load implications. They will also need some lead time to sign off on the proposal before it is submitted.
2) Create a Timeline
- Start early! Lay out a timeline for writing goals and approval processes (don’t forget your department and college processes), and then stick to the timeline
- Be sure to touch base with Julie Albrecht in the CLASS Budget office and your Associate Dean as you begin to put together your proposal and budget.
- See Sample Timeline for government and federal research projects
- For assistance with developing a competitive proposal for federal or government grants, please request proposal development assistance provided by the Research and Faculty and Development team.”
- View the step-by-step guide for corporate and foundation projects
- For corporate and foundation proposals contact grants manager Debbie Hornbuckle
3) Ensure Appropriate Review
- Be sure you refer to the Office of Research Assurances website if you are doing work that involves Human Participants. Make sure that all people who will be working on your grant are appropriately trained on all protocols you will be using and have completed the CITI training.
- If you are working with graduate students or colleagues, be certain to have clear and frank discussions about contributions, authorship, and funding at the outset of the project. Better yet, once a plan of responsibility and contribution credit is established, formalize it in an email.
Grant Writing Assistance
The Office of Research and Economic Development has a Proposal Development Specialist available to assist faculty and staff with their proposals.
4) Submit the Grant/Proposal
- All external funding requests must go through Electronic Internal Proposal Routing System (EIPRS). Start working with OSP and Julie Albrecht in the CLASS Dean’s Office as soon as you identify the funding opportunity and plan to seek funding.
5) If Funded...
- Do the work.
- Submit agency technical reports on time.
- Monitor your budget; work with your department/school financial assistant.
- Publish your results.
- Tell us about your work! Participate in the CLASS Research Showcase, share your successes with your Chair and the CLASS Dean’s Office Marketing and Communications Team.