Sponsored Project or Program Proposal Definition
A proposal is a request for external funding prepared in accordance with the sponsor’s instructions. More than that, it is an official record of what is promised to a sponsor by the University in return for the funding requested in the proposal budget. The resulting funding is considered a sponsored award to the University rather than to an individual.
While requirements vary widely depending on the sponsor, a proposal generally contains, at a minimum, a cover page, abstract, narrative/statement of work, and budget. In addition, a biographical sketch or curriculum vitae (CV) and a list of current and pending support for Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs are often submitted as supporting documentation in a proposal.
ORPA requires that a final proposal be routed through Coeus for approval a minimum of five business days before the deadline date to allow for proper review.