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Process Steps

The Office of Grants and Proposal Development at Ohio Northern University is available to assist you in the process of getting your proposal submitted. It is important to contact the Office of Grants and Proposal Development early in the process of creating your proposal. The Director of Foundation, Government and Academic Grants is also the Authorized Organization Representative for federal grant opportunities such as those through NIH and NSF and is responsible for submitting such proposals.

Steps To Take

  1. Talk with department chair and dean about the idea.
  2. If your proposal is of a technical nature, the principal investigator (PI) or program director (PD) is responsible for preparing the bulk of the entire proposal. However, the proposal development office can help with templates for letters of inquiry, cover sheets, time-lines and budgets. If the proposal is of a more general nature, the proposal development process can be a shared responsibility between the PI/PD and the grants director.
  3. The proposal development office can assist in interpreting guidelines, contacting potential funders with questions, and contacting previous grant recipients for additional information.
  4. The proposal development office can provide the necessary University documentation and budget information, solicit letters of support and prepare a cover letter for the president to sign.
  5. Your dean/department chair may be interested in reviewing/editing your proposal, so be sure to build in enough time for that to happen.
  6. Remember throughout the process it is good to stay in contact with the proposal development office, alert the office for delays and problems as soon as you become aware of them, and provide drafts of the proposal to the director prior to seeking appropriate approval.
  7. Download and fill out the internal approval form found on this site. The PI/PD and the grants director will share the responsibilities for obtaining signatures.  The process should begin at least five working days prior to the submission deadline. 
  8. Be available to help the director make any last-minute changes and corrections.
  9. The office of proposal development takes it from this point. Proposals will be given a final review. The director will mail or submit the proposals if that is the preference of the PI/PD.
  10. The PI/PD will be informed when the final proposal has been submitted.
Grants and Proposals

Beckie Watercutter

Lehr Memorial: Room 257
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed