Applying for a Grant

I’m interested in applying for a grant. What do I do?


  1.   The first step is to contact to set up a meeting. If you’re responding to a request for proposals, send the link or attach a copy to the email.

    Further steps to familiarize yourself with:

  2. If you’re looking for funding, but none of the upcoming deadlines are a good fit, contact us anyway and we’ll talk about your options.
  3. Review the RFP and create a list of budgetary needs. Each funder and funding opportunity is unique, so be aware of the budget requirements and restrictions.
  4. Does your project involve research abroad? If so, ask ISERP for an International Research Questionnaire to complete. If it’s a federal proposal, remember your air travel must comply with the Fly America Act and budget accordingly.
  5. Will you need IRB approval? You may not be required to have it at the time of submission, but you won’t be able to spend any award funds until you do have it, so initiate the approval process early. Some sponsors do require it at the submission deadline, so pay attention to the requirements.
  6. Occasionally a sponsor will limit the number of proposals an organization may submit in response to an RFP. In these cases ISERP will let you know what is required for the internal competition.
  7. Once we receive your proposal, ISERP will work with you to create a budget and justification and upload your materials for SPA review.
  8. Keep in mind that ISERP and SPA need time to work on your proposal and budget. We set an internal deadline before the funder’s deadline to give us ample time to edit and obtain the necessary approvals.
  9. SPA, the department chair(s), and the PI(s) must approve the proposal in RASCAL. Your conflict of interest disclosure must be up to date prior to submission (this is must be done annually, or sooner if the information included changes).
  10. In cases where the proposal is to be submitted via email, the PI should copy and SPA (ask us for the contact email).
  11. In cases where the proposal is to be submitted via government portal, SPA will submit once all required approvals have been obtained. No one outside of SPA is authorized to sign a proposal on behalf of the university.


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