The Grants and Contracts Development Team is here to support faculty and staff throughout the proposal development process. We strive to make the process of preparing and submitting a proposal as straightforward as possible. The proposal development process takes minimally many weeks, and typically many months. We are here to provide guidance, support the preparation of documents, facilitate internal approvals, and assemble and submit the proposal. Along the way, the PI/PD leads the proposal development effort, developing content and preparing documents. Please see below – Proposal Development Process for a detailed description of roles and responsibilities.
Once a project is funded, principal investigators/project directors (PIs/PDs) will work with the Office of Sponsored Projects with CSUSM Corporation through the duration of the award. CSUSM Corporation is responsible for the management of external funds awarded to CSUSM.
At the outset, we want to convey that the administration of an externally funded project is a significant responsibility. We ask Principal Investigators/Project Directors as well as Co-Principial Investigators/Co-Project Directors to review the PI/PD Assurances and Co-PI/Co-PD Assurances to see the scope considerations that require their attention when it comes to managing a projects. These are assurances that are listed in the Cayuse Proposal Form as well.
PIs/PDs report a substantial amount of their time on the administrative aspects of managing an award, including the hiring and oversight of students and staff, monitoring the project budget, incurring expenditures, and reporting. Throughout the proposal development process, we encourage proposers to consider the level of support needed to perform the tasks and to budget accordingly.
While the PI/PD is responsible for reading the specific solicitation as well as the sponsors’ guidelines (e.g. NIH Forms F, NSF PAPPG) and preparing documents accordingly, Grants and Contracts Development provides another level of review for compliance. Here are some of roles and responsibilities in the proposal stage.
Principal Investigator/Project Director Roles
Grants and Contracts Specialist Roles
With enough time, Grants and Contracts Development can assist in additional proposal tasks such as drafting language for Facilities documents and provide other boilerplate, formatting biosketches and initiating current and pending support forms, reviewing the narrative and summary and provide comments/suggestions.