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So, you have an idea for a project focused on research, instruction, public service or creative activity, and you want to turn that idea into a proposal. Where do you start? We'll guide you through some of the basic steps for finding sponsors for your project and submitting a proposal.
If you have not already pinpointed a sponsor for your project, The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP) can assist you in locating possible sources of funding. The staff gathers, summarizes, and distributes grant-related information to assist the faculty and staff at Wright State University and maintains a database of profiles to match faculty and staff with potential funding sources. Fill out the research and scholarly activity interest profile to begin this process and be entered into the faculty interest database to be eligible for funding.
Visit the research and sponsored program website to search the funding databases and learn more about funding your project.
RSP provides a hands-on funding opportunities workshop on a quarterly basis where they demonstrate each database and help you to become familiar with the electronic tools each one has to offer.
Now that you have found a possible source for funding, what should you do next?
Most program officers welcome calls and inquiries from potential grantees prior to the submission of an application. If you want to discuss your project with the program officer, contact information can usually be found in the program announcement.
As you begin your proposal, you may have questions about some of the requirements or forms that are included in the application. The staff of RSP can assist you in the proposal preparation process. With sufficient notice (i.e. at least two weeks prior to the deadline date), RSP can help you with the following procedures:
Internal routing of proposal and authorization sheet to secure proper administrative authorizations. Proposals can usually be routed with a minimum of the abstract, a budget, a budget narrative, and any necessary forms that require institutional approval and/or signatures.)
Proposals to be submitted electronically often require additional lead time to allow for any necessary formatting revisions, assigning of PINs or passwords, and as a safeguard against any downtime or problems with the Internet.
When you are ready to submit your application, please bring the original copy of the proposal, appendices, and any application forms to Research and Sponsored Programs, and RSP will take care of the following:
The Writing Center of UNC provides a nice how to guide for writing grant proposals that can also serve as a useful review for anyone seeking funding.
Upon notification from the sponsor that your project is being funded, RSP staff will take the following steps:
Note: If the sponsor sends the award notice directly to you, please forward it to RSP to ensure that the award is entered into the Wright State University systems properly and that an account is created for your project.
Any time you have questions regarding a proposal or an award, please feel free to contact the RSP staff for assistance. The RSP office is located at 201J University Hall and a complete listing of the RSP staff with phone numbers, areas of expertise, and email addresses can be found on the staff directory page.