Grants Development Process

Grant Development Process

The Office of Research, Planning, and Grants is available to assist faculty and staff in the development of grant proposals from conceptualization to the final submission of a proposal. The level of assistance provided during the development process varies based on the complexity of the grant proposal, the experience of the proposer(s), and the need for a team approach to develop the proposal.

Development Steps

    1. Research Grant Opportunities—Grant funding sources can be identified in several ways. The Grants Office conducts ongoing research to locate grant opportunities and informs faculty and staff about grants that become available. Faculty, staff, and community partners can identify potential funding sources and request that further research be conducted. For assistance in identifying funding sources to support a specific project, contact the Grants Office.
    2. Meet with Grants Office—Administrators are encouraged to make the Grants Office aware of any grant-seeking activities before beginning work on a proposal. We are available to coordinate planning meetings to discuss project ideas, assist with preliminary program and budget development, and analyze proposals for fit with the College’s mission and priorities.
    3. Write Grant Proposal and Develop Budget—For most large government grants, the Grants staff serve as the primary writers of the proposal and/or edit sections written by grant development team members. Sufficient lead time for proposal review is required prior to submission, and faculty and staff should inform our office of a pending grant submission as soon as possible. The Principal Investigator is responsible for formulating an accurate and comprehensive budget which is necessary for the success of a proposal. A budget lacking sufficient details may indicate to the sponsor that you have not completely anticipated the resources needed for a project
    4. Submit Grant Proposal—Final grant requests are coordinated and submitted by the Grants Office to ensure that forms are accurately completed, all required documentation is included, and submission deadlines are met.