Grant Proposal Development Process
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) assists faculty in developing successful grant proposals to support research and special projects. This includes identifying grant opportunities, fostering collaborations internally and with external resources, developing proposals that meet all guidelines and present a compelling case for funding. More specifically, the ORSP helps in the analysis of the mission of the funding agency as well as the targeted grant opportunity, developing strategic goals and objectives based on a research idea and the funding agency’s mission, contact with agency officials, improving professional writing and formatting skills for a successful grant proposal, developing evaluation plans, and preparing budgets.
Typical activities when developing a grant:
- Development of project summary/abstract
- Drafting of a preliminary budget and purchasing and payroll needs
- Proposal outline based on organization and guidelines from grant solicitation
- Determine if outside collaborators/partnerships will be part of the project
- Determine if letters of support/commitment are needed
- Literature review and/or preliminary studies supporting research activities
- Biographical sketch relevant to grant guidelines
- Supporting data
- Project description including research design and methods section, objectives/aims
- Evaluation criteria
- Determine if human subjects, animals, or biohazards will be used in the project and gain appropriate Institutional Board approval
- Project schedule
- Future directions/broader impacts
- Develop full proposal and revise (get a peer to review)
- Final budget and budget justification
- Revising the summary/abstract to reflect any design changes since initial summary was developed.
- Completion of internal routing procedure (at least one week prior to submission deadline)
- ORSP submits final proposal.
To initiate the process, faculty members develop an executive summary of their research idea (see below) and submit to the ORSP. The ORSP staff researches possible funding sources that match the faculty idea and supports the faculty in grant development as needed. This support ranges from merely helping with budget and editing to a complete grant write. Typically, faculty new to the grant process request more support to be able to produce a successful proposal.
Executive Summary Requirements
Provide narrative overview of project you want funded. (No longer than one paragraph/page.)
Include: Topic, objectives, research questions to be explored and their potential impact, significance to the university
- Indicate level of collaboration and names of potential Co-PIs
- Specify whether project will involve students as participants
- Identify any human subjects research issues.
- Estimate total amount of funding required.
- Indicate any grant sources, if known.
Submit to Sheri Dave, via email, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Classes and workshops for proposal development and grant writing will be available. The sessions can be customized to meet your individual faculty, department, or college goals for extramural funding. Please contact Sheri Dave for details and scheduling at email@example.com or 903-886-5964.
Ms. Sheri Dave, Proposal Developer and Grant Writer, 903-886-5964 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Preaward Services & Funding Opportunity Searches
Ms. Kaylee McIlveene, Sponsored Programs Coordinator, 903-886-5162 or Kaylee.McIlveene@tamuc.edu
Research Compliance Services:
Ms. Mona Gilley, Sponsored Programs Coordinator, 903-886-5143 or