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Guidelines to Submitting a Proposal

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Clarkson University encourages its faculty, staff, and administrators to seek external funding from both government and private sources. The University’s Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) works to assist faculty in the preparation and submission of proposals to non-federal funding agencies, including private foundations, corporations, corporate foundations, prize-giving organizations, and others. CFR oversees the foundation and corporate grants process at Clarkson and is your resource for the preparation and submission of proposals, acceptance of awards, on-time reporting and all stewardship activities applicable to the donor/agency.  

The following general guidelines have been developed to clarify the grant-seeking process, help you get started, and outline the steps you need to take to get University approval as you pursue funding opportunities for your project. They focus on the steps needed to prepare and submit a competitive proposal. They do not cover post-award activities, which will be addressed elsewhere.

To summarize, the staff of the Office of Corporate & Foundation Relations:

  1. Assists faculty with the preparation and submission of all proposals to foundations and corporations, with the exception of corporate agreements with deliverables.
  2. Announces and manages regularly occurring Open Calls for Proposals (RFPs)
  3. Announces and manages Limited Opportunities (typically from funders where a relationship management aspect exists)
  4. Assists faculty with identifying appropriate funders for university projects and research
  5. Provides support for writing letters of intent and full proposals
  6. Oversees the submission of proposals for university and campaign priorities, either in collaboration with faculty or as the lead
  7. Oversees all corporate/foundation post-award and stewardship activity