PROPOSALS – GENERAL INFORMATION
A proposal is an application for funding that includes all information that is necessary to describe the project aims and objectives, research personnel, environment, and funding requirements. A typical proposal requires a detailed statement of work, a detailed budget breakdown, and agency specific forms.
Prior to a Principal Investigator (PI) submitting the proposal to an agency, the proposal must be reviewed by the Business and Research Administration Office (BARA).
There are two types of proposals submitted by PIs in search of sponsored funding for research – Solicited Proposals and Unsolicited Proposals:
Solicitations are issued by agencies or private funding sources that make requests for a specific research project. Solicitations are generally open to any qualified researcher. Deadlines are specified in the announcement and must be strictly followed.
Unsolicited proposals are submitted to an agency that generally funds research of the type being proposed. If the agency decides to fund the research, the funding may take the form of a grant, contract or cooperative agreement. Most large agencies have set deadlines for submittal of unsolicited proposals each year, and funding decisions are made once all proposals received in the specified time period have been reviewed.