Competitive proposals require that PIs/PDs commit sufficient time for project design and development; literature review; team/partner assembly; funding source selection; and proposal writing, review and improvement. It takes roughly 90 to 180 hours to write a proposal, but three to six months to develop a winning design and plan.
SPREE is authorized to submit research and sponsored program proposals on behalf of the University after ensuring
Leadership has approved proposal submission per the Grant Approval Form
SPREE has received and approved the final proposal budget per established timelines
SPREE has received a submission-ready version of the final proposal per established timelines.
Proposal Submission Timelines
Timelines for proposal preparation and submission exist to
- Promote the PI’s/PD’s likelihood of winning awards
- Appropriately steward scarce University resources
- Ensure SPREE has sufficient time to support success
The table below contains deadlines that represent the minimum amount of time prior to submission deadline that materials should be sent to SPREE by the PI/PD. Please note that the most competitive proposals typically arise from a lengthier timetable that maximizes opportunities for feedback, answering questions, and making needed revisions. SPREE commits to returning revisions and comments on all materials within 3 days of receiving them.
|Proposal Preparation and Submission Steps||Time Prior to Submission Deadline|
|Draft budget to SPREE||3 weeks|
|Draft narrative to SPREE||3 weeks|
|Other proposal components to SPREE (facilities statement, biosketches, letters of support, current and pending support, etc.)||3 weeks|
|Revised narrative to SPREE||2 weeks|
|Final other proposal components to SPREE||2 weeks|
|Final budget forms submitted||1 week|
|All components submission ready to SPREE||2 days|
|SPREE submit proposal||1 day|
|Grant submission deadline|
Should the PI/PD fail to meet the established deadlines, proposal support will cease and the grant will not be submitted, absent extenuating circumstances. In such cases, those circumstances will be reviewed by the appropriate Dean (or their equivalent) to determine whether to move forward with submission.