Office of Sponsored Programs & Research Compliance

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Develop A Proposal

Once you have found your source of potential funding and you have decided that you will submit a proposal, please contact our office as soon as possible. Our ability to support your proposal development efforts depends on the amount of notice we have prior to the proposal deadline.

We have assembled some helpful resources for you below. However, our staff is happy to meet with you to talk about your pending submission and how we can be helpful. Contact our Grant Development Manager.

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Important Information Regarding Automated Compliance Checking of NSF Proposals

NSF continues to focus on the automated compliance checks of proposals in order to decrease the burden on both the research community and NSF staff. Effective July 25, 2016, all proposals will be subject to a new series of automated compliance validation checks to ensure proposals comply with requirements outlined in Chapter II.C.2. of the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG).

The new set of automated compliance checks will trigger error messages for each of the following rules:

  • Biographical Sketch(es) and Current and Pending Support files are required for each Senior Personnel associated with a proposal; and
  • Biographical Sketch(es) can only be uploaded as a file, must not exceed two pages and can no longer be entered as text.

Note About Proposal File Update (PFU): Proposers should be aware should that if a proposal was received prior to July 25 and contained only one Biographical Sketch and/or Current & Pending Support file (rather than individual files for each senior personnel), a PFU addressing any section of the proposal will result in the proposal not being accepted if it does not comply with these new compliance checks. The checks will be run on all sections of the proposal regardless of which section was updated during the PFU.

Please note that the new set of compliance checks are in addition to the compliance checks that currently exist in FastLane. You can view a complete list of FastLane auto-compliance checks, including these checks, by clicking here .The list specifies which checks are run depending on funding opportunity type (GPG, Program Description, Program Announcement, or Program Solicitation) and type of proposal (Research, RAPID, EAGER, Ideas Lab, Conference, Equipment, International Travel, Facility/Center, or Fellowship). It also specifies whether the check triggers a "warning" or "error" message for non-compliant proposals.

Checklist to Determine Subrecipient or Contractor Involvement
Subrecipient Commitment Form

Limited Submission List
Grants.Gov FAQs
Revised NSF-wide Proposal & Award Policies Guide (PAPPG) (effective 1/2016)
NEW - NIH Authentication Plan (If the Research Strategy does not propose use of key biological and/or chemical resources, a plan for authentication does not need to be included.)
NIH New Biosketch Format
How to Write an Effective Letter of Support
Letter of Inquiry Guidance (PDF)
NSF Proposal Writing Guide (external)
NIH Grant Writing Tips Sheet (external)

Peer Review Revealed
Jumpstart Your Research Career with CSR's Early Career Reviewer Program
NIH Tips for Applicants
What Happens to Your NIH Grant Application?

NIH Types of Grant Programs (PDF)

Foundation Center Online Guides and Tutorials (external)

Frequently Needed Data (PDF)

Acronyms (PDF)