Funding agencies have varying requirements for making initial contacts regarding funding of sponsored projects. These guidelines frequently specify the exact requirements regarding the appropriate means of initial contact (i.e. email, telephone, or pre-proposal).
Once these guidelines are understood, faculty should feel free to contact funding officers directly to discuss the scope of individual projects to ask potential sponsors the kinds of questions that will assist them in submitting a competitive proposal. The sponsors’ officers can offer valuable guidance and assistance to the faculty member in preparing the proposal according to the requirements of their organizations. Before contacting corporations or private foundations, faculty are encouraged to discuss with SP staff; we have additional information that is helpful.
Faculty will need to acquire the most recent version of sponsor guidelines from the sponsor’s website. Follow application guidelines in preparing the proposal. Organizations return proposals without a review if your proposal does not conform to the application guidelines. Faculty should pay careful attention to:
SP can be of great assistance to you as you prepare your proposal in a timely manner.
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