Proposal Development

Proposal Development

All grant applications must go through MU’s Office of Grants and Sponsored Research (GSR) for approval prior to submission. If requested, the Grant Writer/Sponsored Research Officer will assist the Primary Investigator/Project Director (PI/PD) with proposal development, documentation, and internal approval for all grant applications.

Here is a brief outline of how the proposal development process occurs:

  1. PI/PD and Grant Writer (GW) identify a funding opportunity to pursue, with approval of Chair and Dean.
  2. PI/PD and GW convene initial and subsequent meetings with project stakeholders (i.e.,  Business Affairs, Institutional Research, relevant academic and non-academic departments, external partners, etc.) to:
    • solicit initial approval and feedback on project/research design
    • assign tasks related to proposal development
    • set schedule for final review and submission.
  3. PI/PD and GW monitor progression and completion of assigned tasks through draft completion
  4. PI/PD and GW collect required letters of support, signatures, and documents required for submission
  5. At least one  week before submission, PI/PD or GW distributes final draft to Chair, Dean, Business Affairs, and associated vice presidents for internal review and approval
  6. PI/PD or GW submits final proposal to funding agency

All research involving human or animal participants must consult with and receive approval from the university’s IRB Committee prior to submitting a grant proposal.


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