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The Pre-Award phase represents the beginning of the grant lifecycle, which includes announcing opportunities, submitting applications and reviewing applications.

  1. Submitting an Intent to Submit
  2. Planning your application
    1. Carefully read through the Program Announcement
    2. Mark the due date/deadline
    3. Call the Program Officer cited in the Announcement for guidance
    4. Meet with your Sr. RSA as soon as you can
    5. Obtain prior approvals
    6. Ask your Sr. RSA for a proposal checklist specific to your funding mechanism
    7. Begin collating key elements:
      1. Biosketch
      2. Budget (what is allowable vs. unallowable)
      3. Budget Justification
      4. Project Narrative
      5. References
      6. Appendix, if applicable
      7. Project Description
      8. IRB approval, if applicable
      9. Is your Conflict of Interest certificate up to date?
      10. If you have subawards, do you have their budget, budget justification, scope of work, letter of intent and sub determination form?
      11. Letters of Support
      12. Cover Letter

Work with your Senior RSA early and often to avoid last minute changes and delays. We are here to help provide you examples, samples and guidance.