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Proposal Development and Submission

OSP is authorized to submit proposals to external sponsors on behalf of the university. Proposals to federal and state agencies, industry and business entities, foundations and nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and other external organizations are submitted through OSP for required institutional approval.‡ 

Proposal Submission Process at UNC

While planning and writing a proposal for submission to an external sponsor is not necessarily a linear process, the following resources explain the main considerations that are involved, and provide important information and tools for proposal development and submission.

GUIDANCE ON SPONSORED PROJECTS
For principal investigators, administrative assistants, business managers, financial analysts and college and unit leaders. Guidance and instructions for pre- and post-award activities.

GUIDELINES FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
Information to assist graduate students who are planning to submit a proposal for funding from an external agency or organization.

PROPOSAL WRITING RESOURCES
Institutional information, IDC and fringe rates, data management plans, boilerplate, writing tips, and more.

FAQ
Frequently asked questions.

‡The only exceptions to this are requests for support from individuals, requests for gifts and proposals that require the applicant to have 501(c)(3) IRS status; and those should be submitted through the UNC Foundation.

Grant and Contract Administrator Assignments

Sally Goble
(970) 351-4388
sally.goble@unco.edu

  • College of Natural and Health Sciences
  • All units not affiliated with a college

Trisha Brinton 
(970) 351-4767
trisha.brinton@unco.edu

  • College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • College of Performing and Visual Arts
  • Monfort College of Business
  • University Libraries