Seeking Funding: Checklist for Getting Started

  1. Identify research or outreach concept.

  2. Contact a Grant Specialist at the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for assistance (Anita GordonSarah Bridges or  Hillery Oberle) in locating funding for concept.

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

  4. Run you idea by the grant's Program Officer. Your contact with the Program Officer can be crucial to the success of your proposal.

  5. Get approval to pursue funding from your Department Head, Dean, or appropriate authority. If your College has an identified Grant Coordinator, contact that person as well.

  6. Identify potential grant collaborators. Arrange meetings to seek their involvement. Search the UNI Professional Interest Database for potential collaborators in other UNI Colleges or Divisions.

  7. Request or collect data, CVs, budgetary needs, letters of commitement/support and other pertinent information needed to plan, support, and write the grant.

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

  9. Assign due dates for the planning and preparation of your grant, the budget and appropriate attachments or appendices. The Grant Specialist at the Office of Sponsored Programs can provide you with assistance.

  10. If you are to submit your grant electronically, register now for submittal. Early registration can prevent delays later.

  11. Download Grant Content Checklist