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Initiating a Proposal at CPH

Are you a CPH investigator who plans to submit a proposal for external funding? If so, then follow the steps outlined below to ensure compliance with College guidelines and to receive support from the ADR Office throughout the process.

  • Identify a relevant funding opportunity from Margaret's monthly opportunity digest, a PDO funding alert, or other funding opportunity search.
  • Send the funding opportunity announcement to Margaret, Dr. Crosby, and Jeff and request a kick-off meeting for your proposal development effort. This meeting will include identification of relevant University-wide resources and potential collaborators to enhance your proposal's competitiveness.
  • Work with Margaret to develop a checklist of items required for your proposal. Margaret can assist you with analyzing the administrative and scientific requirements of your funding opportunity; developing and reviewing narrative materials such as facilities and resources descriptions, biosketches, and research plans; preparing budgets and justifications; and compiling application packets and internal approval forms.
  • Work with Margaret to comply with OSPA’s 3-day rule for routing the IAF prior to proposal submission. The IAF process must be initiated at least 14 business days before the OSPA deadline, and it must be fully routed no later than 4 days before the proposal deadline. Margaret can initiate the IAF on behalf of the PI if she is provided with a draft budget and justification, a draft abstract, and the desired F&A enrichment distribution percentages.
  • Work with Margaret and Jeff to finalize your budget and complete compliance reviews of your proposal application package prior to submission by OSPA.
  • After award, work with Margaret to coordinate news releases to promote each new award received to ensure that faculty achievements are recognized across campus and beyond. Margaret can also assist investigators with complying with all post-award requirements by providing ongoing consultation for questions regarding costing guidelines, competition for supplemental funding, and institutional administrative issues.
  • Consult with Margaret and Dr. Crosby to obtain detailed records of all pre-award activities by calendar year, including the number of proposal submissions and resubmissions per year as well as proposed F&A distribution, cost-sharing, and investigator salary coverage as indicated in the IAF. Annual reports to department chairs on pre-award success rates and other metrics for the research productivity of their faculty will be provided every January.