GDO staff provide assistance in all areas of proposal development, including interpreting requirements and guidelines, proposal drafting and editing, and formatting.
Initial development and review of any proposed project budget are handled by the Grants Development Office. Budgets are checked against appropriate guidelines for categories such as salaries and stipends, fringe benefit rates, and indirect costs. Budgets must be approved by Sponsored Programs prior to submission.
The Grants Development Office frequently contacts sponsoring agencies and organizations on behalf of the College and proposed projects, and may encourage project directors developing proposals to do the same.
We will complete all necessary forms, obtain the required institutional signatures and provide a transmittal letter which indicates campus support for the proposal. We have copies of standard certification forms needed for many federal grant applications.
Any duplication required in submitting a proposal will be accommodated. Proposals will be copied, collated, properly bound and disseminated, as needed.
The Grants Development Office also covers the cost of transmitting the proposal to the potential sponsor (including overnight mail, Federal Express, and/or Certified Mail), and is responsible for mailing the proposal to the potential funding sources. The GDO also works in conjunction with Sponsored Programs to submit proposals online, as appropriate.
We will coordinate the process of requesting the approval of the Research Foundation's designated campus representative, which must be obtained before any proposal is submitted.
Upon being notified of a proposal's approval, the Grants Development Office staff works closely with Sponsored Programs to assure the smooth implementation of the grant. So-called "post-award" services include, but are not limited to: extensions of contract period, line item changes in the budget, contract negotiations, payroll, travel and purchasing, and monitoring of expenditures.