A proposal is a detailed request for external funding. It is prepared in strict accordance with sponsor’s specifications, and must also comply with Princeton’s internal policies. PI and Department prepare the proposal components and enter the documentation into Coeus (the University’s sponsored projects database). The proposal must be routed systematically for internal approval across the pertinent University departments involved with the proposal. The proposal is then submitted by ORPA or PI on behalf of the PI and the University.
Many proposal sponsors require miscellaneous identifying information about the University be included in the proposal submission. This information can be found on the Princeton University Proposal Development Fact Sheet and the Sponsored Project Rate Sheet.
Common proposal components include the following:
- Cover or Title Page containing summary information
- Abstract or Project Summary
- Project Description or Statement of Work
- Budget and Budget Justification
- Curriculum Vitae or Biographical Sketch
- References Cited or Bibliography
- Current and Pending Support
- Facilities and Equipment
- Data Management Plans (see the DFR Proposal Development webpage for more info.)
- Letters of Third Party Support
- Subrecipient Documentation