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Proposal Preparation

last updated 03/26/12

Preparing a research proposal

basic procedures
preproposal review
required documents
original proposal and copies
review and mailing


InfoEd Proposal Development 4/1/12 Mandatory Implementation
InfoEd PD Tips & Tricks


Everything to do with preparing budgets and managing the fiscal side of your proposal. Includes F&A rates, Employee benefit rates, and oh so much more.

Institutional information

DUNs number, congressional district, and many other pieces of institutional information you might need to include on an application form.

Specific proposal types

Required Training For Research Involving Human Subjects
NIH modular grants 
Summary of Actions Requiring NIH Prior Approval
Non-competing continuations  
Clinical trials  
Industry sponsored clinical trials
Subagreements (Subcontracts)
Small Business Subcontracting Plans For Small And Small Disadvantaged Businesses

Online proposal preparation systems

NSF FastLane
NIH Commons

Grant-Writing Tutorials

Annotated NIH R01 application (provided by NIAID)
EPA Grant-Writing Tutorial
NSF Division of Undergraduate Education Guide for Proposal Writing
Common Grants Management Terminology
Common Acronyms and Abbreviations
Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal -- from Michigan State University
A Short Guide To The Preparation Of NIH Grant Applications 

Limited Submission Award Competitions

Internally competitive programs are coordinated through a joint effort of OSR and Associate Vice President of the Office of Strategic Initiatives Samuel Musa's office.

FDP Terms and Conditions& Research Terms and Conditions

General Information
Pre-Award Requirements
Post-Award Requirements
After-Award Requirements


Common acronyms from Northwestern and beyond.


A short glossary of research-relevant terms.

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