Office of Research and Innovation
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Once you find a funding opportunity that matches your research goals, it's time to begin preparing your proposal. Before you do, it is important to be familiar with the common elements that must be included in proposals. Review the checklist, then tackle each of the steps below to get your proposal developed, submitted and funding your work.
If your proposal is industry-sponsored, there may be additional considerations. Please visit our industry proposals page for more information.
Prepare to develop your proposal by learning more about institutional rules and policies that apply to your work. These include:
The second step in the development process is to develop your team and drafting your proposal. Time management is critical, and it's important to give yourself enough time to finalize your proposal before the sponsor's deadline.
In this step, you should:
Industry-sponsored projects may involve different requirements and steps. To learn more about industry projects, please visit our Industry Partnerships page.
New faculty members may also be interested in completing the Essentials of Grant Proposal Development CITI course, which provides basic training on everything from crafting your narrative to preparing your budget justification. If you have questions or need assistance in the proposal development process, please contact staff in the Office of Research Development and Strategic Initiatives.
Ahead of your proposal being submitted to the funding agency, you are first required to submit all components of the proposal through UofL's instance of iRIS. This may included a Proposal Clearance Form. Please ensure you have submitted all the forms required for your proposal type.
Two weeks ahead of your submission date, you should also contact the Office of Sponsored Programs Administration and inform them of your intent to submit.
The last step is submitting your proposal. Many proposals are submitted by the institution on behalf of the PI. In the event that the sponsoring agency allows the PI to directly submit, you still must submit your materials through iRIS prior to submission.
In order to ensure submission, the final version of the proposal and all documents above must be submitted to IRIS at least five (5) full business days prior to sponsoring agency deadline.
If your proposal is ultimately funded, OSPA also can help you set up and manage your award. Learn more on our Awards and Agreements page.