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Proposal Preparation Guidelines


The Sponsored Program Services (SPS) is always available to assist you with the proposal preparation process. The SPS Pre-Award Staff can be reached at preaward@uconn.edu. Our web site contains information that will be helpful to you when preparing your proposal.  The web site provides access to guidelines, policies and procedures, forms,  rates, and funding sources. At Frequently Requested Information, you will find our Authorized University Official information, DUNS number, congressional district, where sponsor checks should be sent and much more.

Getting Started

The Principal Investigator (PI)/Project Director initiates the proposal process. He/She is responsible for the technical content, budget, addressing compliance issues, and the quality and preparation of the proposal. It is important that the funding agency’s priorities and evaluation procedures are understood. It is a good idea to call the funding agency before submitting your proposal.  The program officer may be able to make valuable suggestions to improve your proposal or direct you to another program whose priorities might better match your proposal.

The Department Chair or Unit Head, and in most circumstances the College Dean, reviews and approves the proposal and budget, certifying that the project is consistent with the mission of the Department and College/School, the academic soundness of the proposal, that resources will be available and that no commitments of University resources are made other than those described.

Required Signatures

Once prepared, the proposal is then forwarded to Sponsored Program Services, where it is reviewed for compliance with Federal, State, and University regulations. The University’s authorized representative reviews, approves and signs all proposals. The signatures indicate endorsement and commitment to the project.