Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

Seeking Funding: Checklist for Getting Started

  1. Identify research or outreach concept.

  2. Contact Rebecca Rinehart or Maggie Heretakis to schedule a concept meeting.

  3. Following selection of funding opportunity, review the RFP/Application thoroughly to be sure you understand everything that is involved.

  4. Contact the grant's program officer to discuss your ideas; this step can be crucial to the success of your proposal.

  5. Get approval to pursue funding from your department head, dean, or appropriate authority.

  6. Identify potential grant collaborators at UNI or elsewhere.

  7. Request or collect data, CVs, budgetary needs, letters of commitment/support and other pertinent information needed to plan, support, and write a successful proposal.

  8. Identify and select writers for each of the grant's sections.

  9. Assign due dates for the planning and preparation of your proposal, the budget and appropriate attachments or appendices. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will assist you.

  10. Electronic submissions should be completed and submitted one or two days before the actual deadline in case there are submission errors.

  11. Download the Grant Content and Procedures Checklist (PDF)