While it may appear self-evident, application guidelines and submission deadlines for sponsored funding should be followed exactly. A significant percentage of proposals are not funded each year because the application guidelines were not followed. Sponsors frequently spell out the requirements for their applications in very specific terms. These organizations can and do return proposals without a review if the proposals do not conform to the directions provided by the potential sponsor.
Page limits, typeface size and other restrictions are taken seriously by sponsoring organizations. Often sponsors request a preliminary or shorter proposal (3-5 pages) before asking for a complete final proposal. Take the same care and effort with pre-proposals as you would with the final proposal. In particular, faculty should pay careful attention to all of the following in preparing the proposal:
The OSP staff can assist in proposal review and explanation of proposal preparation requirements. Questions about required certifications, budgets, and other issues related to the submission process should be referred to the OSP as early as possible in the preparation of the proposal.
Last Updated: 10/28/09