1. Conceive the Idea
A LLU investigator may initiate and submit an unsolicited application to a sponsor to request financial support for a research project.
Solicited applications are initiated from the sponsor, based on their research program goals. You may or may not choose to "respond" to these opportunities.
2. Find Funding
There are several mechanisms available to LLU researchers to Search for Research Funding:
For web-based services that will send you email alerts on current funding opportunities, try:
- SMARTS at LLU
LLU also provides several funding databases and lists of federal, state & county, and private sponsors. Before preparing and submitting a proposal to a funding opportunity, be sure that you are eligible for that opportunity, and that the project is feasible.
3. Plan the Proposal
The planning stages of a proposal are crucial, and will determine the proposal’s ultimate success or failure. Four important considerations are:
- Notifying the proper people: of your intent to submit a proposal
- Key budget issues: Special budgetary issues may take extra time and consideration – that’s why you must start on them now.
- Award type: Proposal preparation, institutional review and approval, and proposal submission all differ depending on the type of award (gift, grant, contract, prime vs. sub-award, etc).
- Proposal type: Proposal preparation also varies by type of proposal (formal vs. informal; new vs. revised, etc).
- Submission Process: Will you submit your proposal as a paper application, or electronically? Find out now so that you know what steps you will need to take, what forms to complete, and which administrative office to work with.
4. Prepare the Proposal
- Draft a Preliminary Budget: Drafting a preliminary budget and getting it approved by SPFM helps work out special budgetary issues in a timely manner. See also the Budget Templates under Forms & Online Tools.
- Write the Research Plan: See LLU’s guidance and tools for writing the best research plan possible.
- Assemble the Proposal Package: Assemble all the required forms for your proposal and finalize the budget.
5. Get Approvals
The LLU Transmittal is an internal routing form that includes:
- Key information about the PI and the project
- Key information about the sponsor, and
- A list of questions to determine which, if any, specific approvals may be required for the project. These specific approvals could be related to partnerships/collaborations, quality control, or financial issues.
Some approvals are required at the time of award. Other approvals are required prior to submission. It is the investigator’s responsibility to determine the time for specific approvals for the grant he/she is applying for.
To get required approvals, follow the LLU Transmittal Process:
- At least 2 weeks before the sponsor deadline
- At least 10 business days before the sponsor deadline
- At least 5 business days before the sponsor deadline
6. Submit the Proposal
7. Before the Award
9. Set Up the Award
- Learn the required steps to Set up the Award Account
- Learn how to Initiate Sub-awards
- Responsible Conduct of Research: Follow applicable approval requirements for research involving human subjects, animals, radioactive chemicals or biohazardous materials, etc. This section also describes the Research Conflict of Interest policy & procedure.
10. Start Work and Spending Funds
- Create online requisitions or purchase orders
- Get reimbursed or create expense reports
- Create payment vouchers
- Complete rate slips for labor, and
- Obtain approval signatures
11. Manage the Finances
- Step required to Monitor the Account
- How to Manage the Deliverables (Reporting Requirements and/or Milestones)
- Requirements for Effort Reporting
- Make Post-Award Changes (e.g. Budget revisions, Cost Transfers). This section also describes how to get Prior Approval from a sponsor.
- Requirements for Monitoring Subcontracts
- Need more time? Learn how to Extend the Project
12. Manage the Project
13. Close the Award
- Learn the General Guidelines
- Project Status Verification
- Final Report Requirements
- Subawards / Subcontracts
- Final Requirements for the Responsible Conduct of Research
- Materials and Equipment
- How to Reconcile and Close the Account
- How to Maintain Records to comply with federal regulations and Prepare for Audits