Pre-Proposal Checklist

The Grants Office suggests the following guidelines to identify proposals that advance the college’s mission and have the best chance of being funded:

  • Is the proposed project consistent with the college's Mission and Strategic Plan?
  • Is the proposed project consistent with the priorities of your Division/Department?
  • Has the responsible Dean/administrator approved development of an application?
  • Will college resources (space, equipment) be needed if the application is successful?
  • Is there sufficient evidence/data to demonstrate a need for the project?
  • Is the project scalable?
  • Is there a strong, committed team ready to collaborate on proposal development?

Grant Checklist

The Grants Office suggests the following guidelines to determine if a grant opportunity is a good match for the college and for the proposed project:

  • Are higher education institutions eligible to apply for this grant opportunity?
  • Are previous projects that have received awards under this grant opportunity comparable in scope and purpose to the proposed project?
  • Are funding amounts sufficient to perform the proposed project?
  • Will the number of awards ensure a reasonable probability of success?
  • Does the grant require sustainability? If so, is there a plan or potential to institutionalize the project when grant funding ends?
  • Does the grant require matching funds? If so, it is unlikely that the college will approve an application to this source.
  • Does the grant require partnerships? If so, are relationships in place that could be leveraged to meet this requirement?
  • Is there adequate time to write a quality proposal before the deadline?