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Proposal Development

Proposal Development Guidelines

For assistance please contact: Pre-award Manager assigned to your department.

The Pre-award group assists university faculty and staff with:

  • proposal development and submission
  • ensuring that UMass Dartmouth is in compliance with sponsor, state, and university requirements.

Are you looking for a sample for the proposal you are contemplating? Please check out the Open Grants List - a list of grants that are openly available on the web. These grants can help with learning grantsmanship, understand particular funders and their programs, and communicating science.
Sample proposals are just a click away @

Pre-award Workflow

Internal Forms (required to sign & date)

External Forms & Requirements
Common External Forms & Requirements

Agency-specific External Forms & Requirements

Note: Applications which are subject to the NIH’s policy regarding applications or a group of collaborative applications requesting $500,000 or more in subtotal direct costs for any year ( must seek agreement to accept assignment from NIH Institute/Center staff at least 6 weeks prior to the anticipated submission deadline. ORA Pre-award staff will assist the PI with the submission of a cover letter identifying the program staff member or the Institute/Center that has agreed to accept the assignment of the application.

Pre-Award Managers work closely with PIs to ensure proposals meet the highest standard of compliance. Utilizing a set of proposal review checklists, they review each proposal for compliance with the guidelines and policies of the sponsor and UMass Dartmouth. After the initial review Pre-Award Manager will e-mail corrections & suggested changes to the proposal for the PI’s consideration. A final review is completed after all necessary changes are made and the proposal is approved internally.