Here's a quick summary of the entire grant process in 10 steps.
Steps in doing the grant
1. You have a passion to do something.
2. You find a funding source that is compatible with your idea.
3. You complete the Concept Approval Form and submit it to your Department Chair or Dean who then moves it up the list of people.
4. You begin mapping out the overall grant. You might brainstorm ideas with fellow faculty or you may be setting up meetings with partner groups to get their input and direction.
5. With a better idea of what will happen in the grant, you talk with the Director of Grants Development (Jane Madden, 1230) or the Director of Financial Planning (Shara Moore, 1132) to see if there are some points you should be checking. For example, does your proposal need to be submitted to an IRB review for Human Subject Research? Do you need to check with Physical Plant on alterations to facilities? Calling or meeting with the Director of Grants Development will be a quick way to find a partner to help you sort through the issues.
6. You are working diligently on writing the grant. You have friends lined up who are willing to read and see if it makes sense. Does it fit together? Does it sound doable? They could also check it for spelling and grammar.
7. You are also working on the budget section and have started to share that with Shara Moore, the Director of Financial Planning so she can spot problems early on.
8. You have completed the entire grant and have submitted it to the Provost’s Office for a preliminary review. He may ask the Director of Grants Development and the Director of Financial Planning to look it over at this time.
9. You take the feedback from the various groups that have reviewed the document and have incorporated the appropriate changes. Seven working days (not including weekends) ahead of the deadline for the grant leaving campus, you submit the grant to the Provost’s Office for a final review. Again, the Director of Grants Development and the Director of Financial Planning will usually be involved in the process.
10. Everything looks good. You submit it online or you make your copies and send it off and breathe a sigh of relief that it made it out the door on time.