Research Development Services (RDS) partners with UA faculty, their departmental/unit business office, and Sponsored Projects & Contracting Services (SP&CS) on the stages of the proposal lifecycle from Opportunity Identification and Assessment to Revision and Resubmission. Post-award activities are supported by departmental/unit business offices, SP&CS, and Research Compliance Services. This page leads to content across the Research Gateway on each stage of the proposal lifecycle. Explore this content for agency-specific best practices, tools, and templates.
Dive deeper into each stage of the proposal lifecycle:
- Ensure that your goals and objectives are a good match for the funder’s mission and priorities
- Set and follow a reasonable timeline based on the deadline; don't forget that SP&CS must receive the proposals in final form (completely finished, routed and approved, and ready to submit to the sponsoring agency) three business days prior to the sponsor's due date
- Follow the submission guidelines and recommended structure of the proposal
- Organize your proposal and use concise, persuasive writing - writing proposals differs from authoring journal articles
- Talk to the program officer – they are there to help
- Ask colleagues to read your proposal and provide critical comments
- If your proposal is not funded, carefully read the reviewer comments, and try again – proposals are often funded on the second, or even third submission
- Guidelines, templates, and tools for preparing specific components such as the biographical sketch, data management plan, project management plan, mentoring plan, small business contracting plan, letters of support, broader impacts statements, and more. You may also search for downloadable resources in the Resource Catalog.
- Best practices for contacting your program officer
- Tips and tricks for early career investigators, including funding opportunities
- Best practices, tools, and strategies for large/complex proposals
- Assistance with Honors, Awards and Prizes
- External resources for grant writing