Now that you have found possible funding sources, it's time to develop a proposal for your project. Research and Sponsored Programs is here to provide the support needed for success in getting your proposal started.
Once you have found potential funding opportunities, you will work with one of our pre-award managers throughout the proposal process. Complete the Proposal Intake Form as soon as possible to begin that process. If you have already started a Cayuse record for the proposal, you do not need to complete this form.
Reading Funding Opportunities
Funding opportunity announcements from sponsors will help you see the guidelines and expectations it will take to have a successful proposal.
General Data for Proposals
When creating your proposal, specific information about Illinois State is often asked to be included.
Creating Your Proposal
Learn the basic components that will make up your proposal.
An abstract should be a brief overview of your project. Most sponsors will provide guidance for abstract requirements.
Scope of Work or Project Narratives
A scope of work or project narrative helps sell the idea of your project to your sponsor and describes all aspects of the project. This can include methodology, goals, who is completing the work, when the work will be completed, expected results, etc.
There are two documents that make up a budget - a numeric description of costs needed for your project, and a budget justification. A budget justification is a brief description of why the costs in your budget are necessary.
Some proposals ask for biosketches. A biosketch highlights your experience and skills that relate to your research project.
Institutional Resource Statements
Strong descriptions of institutional resources and support units are essential when writing a successful proposal.
Research projects may involve relationships with contractors or subrecipients. A subaward is an agreement with a third party organization to collaborate on a project.
Sponsors may ask for documents that are specific to the opportunity.