Proposals for external grant support
should be submitted to the Office of Grants and Sponsored Research
for endorsement by an authorized institutional official. Sufficient
time should be provided for institutional review and endorsement,
and for the copying and mailing of your proposal. Our Office will
do everything possible to ensure that a proposal is submitted
complete and on time; however, as the amount of processing time is
reduced, so are our chances to take appropriate action leading to
the best possible, most responsive proposal.
Generally, we would like to receive your proposal two weeks in
advance of an agency deadline, however, we also recognize that this
is not always possible. Certainly, we want to provide you all the
time we can to prepare a quality proposal. For this reason we urge
you to consider how we can be of assistance. Can we help with
completion of forms? Can we help with the development of a budget?
Can we provide editorial assistance?
We urge you to keep us apprised of developments with your
application. Consult with us about your calendar. Help us to avoid
those nagging last minute problems. But, remember:
- institutional signatories are sometimes out of town
- photocopiers can -- and do -- break down
- on some days, our (small) Office may be working on more than
one "rush" proposal
- the overnight courier truck doesn't wait for any man!
Working together, we can make that grant deadline! But, please
make certain to keep us informed!
The staff of the Office of Grants and Sponsored Research is
committed to providing you every possible service and every
reasonable effort. You see, we share a common goal your success as
a grant-writer, researcher, and educator!
Mailing and Tracking
Proposals are normally shipped from campus via first class mail
with a return receipt postcard. When necessary, proposals are
shipped via an overnight delivery service. When a private courier
service is used (such as Federal Express), a self-addressed,
stamped acknowledgment postcard is included with each proposal we
ship. This is done in order that we can track our proposals and
assure the faculty applicant that her/his package was received by
the sponsor in a timely manner. On a regular basis, our Office
compares our log of proposal submissions with postcards received.
If -- within a reasonable period of time -- our acknowledgment
postcard has not been returned, we will promptly call the sponsor
to confirm that our package was received and complete.