If you are interested in preparing a proposal for submission, endeavor to start early, plan ahead and be organized.
It is critical to select a funding opportunity that is a good fit for your expertise and career stage and aligns with the research missions of your department and the university. By starting early, you can research the funding agency where you would like to apply and learn how the application forms and process will work.
Once you have selected an appropriate funding opportunity, the next step is to think about the scope of work and how much it will cost to carry out the project/program. A timeline should be established that will allow sufficient time for you to prepare, communicate, gather estimates of necessary costs, write, edit, incorporate feedback, and do more editing until a final proposal is completed.
When preparing to apply, build in as much time as possible to deal with unforeseen circumstances and unexpected delays. It is always recommended that proposals are submitted to the sponsor before the actual deadline. The internal deadline for routing the complete and final proposal to the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) is five full business days before the submission deadline. If for any reason, the proposal is routed to OSP less than five full business days, the principal investigator must request a five-day waiver.