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Proposal Preparation


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 Grants and Contracts Development staff will provide support to principal investigators/project directors throughout the process.

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.