PRE-AWARD GRANT SUPPORT
Proposal Preparation Overview
The proposal development process involves multiple critical steps, from locating a
suitable funding source to submitting a competitive application to the funding agency.
OGSR Pre-Award will provide support to principal investigators/project directors throughout
Proposal Preparation Basics
Definition of "Proposal": A proposal is a detailed request for funding prepared in accordance with the sponsor's instructions.
- A proposal must comply with University policies and sponsor requirements.
- A proposal, upon submission, becomes an official record of what CSUSM Corporation
and CSUSM promised to the sponsor.
Preparing the Proposal
- The Principal Investigator (PI) is responsible for preparing the proposal but normally
does so in conjunction with an administrative or fiscal officer.
- Review the sponsor guidelines carefully. Most sponsors require preferred formats and
specific forms. In addition, each solicitation details the requirements for that particular submission.
National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) requirements mandate proposal-specific financial Conflict of Interest (COI) disclosures from PIs and senior/key personnel for new proposals, and annual disclosure updates thereafter. COI disclosures may be submitted electronically.