Proposal Development

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The CLA Office of Research and Graduate Programs offers many services to help faculty and graduate students develop projects and activities that receive funding and to craft and submit competitive funding proposals. 

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Roles and Responsibilities

To understand each role in developing a proposal, review the Roles and Definitions and Responsibility Matrix regarding proposal preparation, award, conducting the project, and the project end and closeout processes. 

Timelines and Deadlines

To contact the CLA Research Development team about upcoming proposal submission, complete the Intent to Submit form before the funder's deadline according to the timeline below to ensure staff are available to assist with your application. 

  • 6 weeks before funder’s deadline: Full application review, submission support, and budget development
  • 3 weeks before funder’s deadline: Fellowship or budget assistance only
  • 5 business days before funder’s deadline: Proposal Routing Form (PRF) creation and submission
    • You must have a final budget and budget justification available.

We will still accept intent-to-submit materials even if they are submitted after the preferred timelines; however, research development support may be limited according to staff availability and scheduling limitations (due to holidays, University breaks, etc.). 

Account Creation

When preparing an application, the PI (principal investigator) may need to register for an electronic grant application account depending on the funder. Sponsored Projects Administration (also called SPA) can help faculty and graduate students create electronic grant application accounts for the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) for online systems such as ASSIST, FastLane and Research.gov. Details can be found on their website. Other funding sources will have their own online proposal applications. If you have questions about establishing an online account, please contact claresearch@umn.edu for assistance. 

Budget Development

Budget development is available through the CLA Research Development Team. To get started with developing about your budget, learn more about budgets and budget justifications. To begin the process of creating your budget, contact the Research Development team with information about the competition you’re applying to and some general ideas about components of your budget.

Proposal Submission

We strongly recommend that you contact the CLA Research Development Team before submitting application materials to SPA. The CLA Research Development has extensive knowledge about application submission requirements, regulations, and University of Minnesota policy. The Research Development Team can assist you with the final details and materials of your proposal before you submit it to SPA through the Proposal Routing Form (PRF).