Roles and Collaborations

  • Work with department research administrators to identify technical and business requirements as part of the planning process
  • The Principal Investigator (PI) plans and submits proposals for external funding through a department and college/school, for submission to Sponsored Research Services, which is the office authorized to approve and sign off for proposals
  • The PI is responsible for all aspects of the final proposal, with advice and support from colleagues, administrators in colleges/schools and research offices
  • Consider contacting a subject or data librarian, which are specialists who assist with literature searches, data management planning and preparing for proposal development.

Planning and Next Steps

  • Read and follow sponsor guidelines for specific requirements
  • Determine project location, methods, required personnel, supplies, materials and additional budget considerations
  • Factor in computing requirements, security safeguards and compliance regarding data classifications

Checklist for Considerations

  • Devote time up front to planning your project—start initially at a high level and then drill down to greater detail
  • Choose a sponsor and appropriate funding opportunity
  • Align sponsor requirements to the project plan
  • Envision the project team and prepare assigned roles and responsibilities