Office of Research

Proposal Development & Submission

Personnel in the Office of Sponsored Programs are sensitive to the level of effort faculty and staff expends to meet proposal submission deadlines. Every effort will be made to expedite the review and approval of proposals.

Under normal workloads and priorities and without encountering errors or problems, 1-2 days should be anticipated to complete the review and approval of proposals. If circumstances require rush processing, notify the Office of Sponsored Programs of the situation as soon as it is known. If possible, send a draft of the proposal to the Office of Sponsored Programs without waiting for the completion of all supporting technical (SOW) text. Mutual cooperation between the Principal Investigator and the Office of Sponsored Programs personnel will normally allow “rush” situations to be handled successfully in a timely manner.

Refer to the Proposal Processing Form as soon as you have your concept clearly defined. Please note the questions addressing issues that require your special attention prior to the time that you submit the proposal to the Office of Sponsored Programs.

The following information is available to assist you in expediting the review and approval of your proposals:

Academic Emphasis Areas

Budget Information

Classification of Proposal Activity

Computer Resources Templates Language for Inclusion in Proposals

Contacts (Proposal Processing/Approval)

F&A Information

Federal Regulations

Graduate Assistantship Differential (GAD) Tier List

For proposal budgets submitted to sponsors use "Tuition Remission" terminology

Legal Applicant (pdf)

NIH RCR Training Template Language for Inclusion in Proposals

Pre-Proposal Guidelines (pdf)

Procurement Integrity Act (pdf)

Proposal Checklist (pdf)

Proposal Reviewer Responsibilities (pdf)

Request for Electronic Username/Registration - Required for NSF, NIH or any sub-agency of DHHS. Registration requests should be made as far in advance of proposal submission deadlines as possible, but no later than 3 days prior to electronic submission due dates to ensure registration and allow for on-time proposal submission.

Standard Information for Proposal Applications (pdf)

Standard Information for Clemson University Research Foundation (CURF) Applications (pdf)

Proposal Writing Information

The Office of Research Integrity's (ORI) "Avoiding Plagiarism, Self-Plagiarism, and Other Questionable Writing Practices: A Guide to Ethical Writing."

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) "A Guide to Proposal Writing."

The National Institute of Health's (NIH) links to various NIH Institutes' proposal writing guides and tips, how to choose the appropriate NIH funding instrument, etc.

The Foundation Center's "Proposal Writing Short Course," a short, on-line proposal writing guide.

The "Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal," by Joseph S. Levine,a printable pdf version of Levine's proposal writing guide, and examples of various parts of a proposal; also contains links to other proposal writing resources and books.

"A Grantsmanship Tutorial" from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine's Office of Grant Support.

"The Elements of Style" by William Strunk, Jr. provides the principal requirements of plain English style and concentrates attention on the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated; an on-line resource.