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CANR Grants Development Office

Proposal Development and Processing--Overview

The University requires that all grant and contract proposals have been approved by the Office for Sponsored Programs (OSP) before they are submitted to the sponsor.   At CANR, the Grants Development Office reviews all proposals first and then sends them through OSP for final review and formal approval.

For a quick overview about how proposals are handled within CANR and tips for avoiding common mistakes, please click on the following link for a Powerpoint presentation entitled CANR Sponsored Project Proposal Process.  Detailed instructions for preparing a proposal accurately and on-time are found on the CANR Proposal Instructions page.

The CANR proposal preparation and review process can require several days before the proposal is ready to submit to OSP for approval.  To meet OSP's deadline for receipt of proposals for them to approve of 5 business days in advance of the sponsor's due date, and to receive as much administrative assistance as is possibly available, please contact the grants office ( early in the proposal development process. This will allow for the best coordination of effort and support to ensure a timely, error-free proposal submission.  

Please be aware that when proposals are submitted late to OSP, OSP will not have the time to conduct a review prior to submission and the opportunity to detect errors may be missed that could result in your proposal being rejected by the sponsor or during the web portal validation.

Principal Investigator (PI) Responsibilities:

  • Find a funding opportunity
  • Review RFP, paying close attention to eligibility, project requirements, and due date
  • Begin early!! Preparation of electronic proposals takes longer than most people think it will
  • Follow the CANR Proposal Instructions
  • Submit a complete, final proposal package for review and processing to the GDO (  including all required UConn forms completed and signed through department head level
  • Once approved by OSP, submit your proposal to the sponsor unless the guidelines require OSP to submit on your behalf (as do most federal funding opportunities)

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