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Preparing a Proposal

Prior to preparing any proposal for external funding, faculty are required to submit the completed Pre-Proposal Checklist cover sheet along with a brief project abstract and a draft budget.  Blank budget templates, with all formulas embedded, for three year (insert link), and five year (insert link) project terms can be downloaded here. Please return the Pre-Proposal Checklist ‘packet’ to the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research, 1A-211 at least two weeks before the proposal is due at the grantor. An approved Pre-Proposal Checklist must be on file at the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research before your proposal will be released for submittal. You are responsible to submit the Pre-Proposal Checklist in a timely manner for internal review, otherwise your opportunity to submit your proposal is severely jeopardized.

E-systems - Registration Information for PIs

    There is no personal registration needed to submit through; PIs’ applications are registered electronically under the College’s affiliation.
  • NIH
    PIs do not register independently, the College is registered as an institution.
  • eRA Commons                                    
    All PIs, and all Senior Personnel-designated employees on an NIH grant proposal, must have an eRA Commons User ID (also known as a ‘Credential’). Check with Anne and Rosmery at the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research if you are unsure if you have an account/user ID. Accounts are created by the OSPR for you.
  • NSF's FastLane
    All PIs must have a FastLane account to submit through this e-system. The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research creates the accounts. To request an account, provide your name, department, office address and phone and fax numbers, terminal degree earned and year earned to and

Important information, including EIN, DUNS Numbers, when preparing a proposal.