Do you want to get started? RASP is ready to help! Below is the broad process for finding an opportunity, preparing a proposal, and obtaining institutional proposal review and approval.
1. Determine your interest
- What piques your interest?
- What is your area of expertise?
2. Find opportunities
- Use an opportunity search engine, such as PIVOT, to identify opportunities.
- Think about possible supporting entities that are local to High Point and the Triad region. Many companies and foundations seek to support those in their community.
- Ask your mentors and colleagues who have experience in your area about possible opportunities.
- Review the CV of those who are successful in your field. Most researchers post their CV online. Look and see what opportunities they have had funded and by what entity.
- After you find an opportunity, ensure that High Point University is an eligible entity and that there is sufficient time to prepare a quality proposal. A rule of thumb for those starting with grant writing is that it will take you three times the amount of time you initially expect.
3. Prepare your proposal
- Read the sponsor’s request for proposal at least twice.
- Determine what must be in the proposal and what is required to submit the proposal.
- Review the RASP website for helpful proposal development resources.
- Prepare the project budget according to High Point University standards.
- Common High Point University identifiers and information are available on the RASP website.
4. Complete the RASP Conflict of Interest process
- Review the RASP Conflict of Interest policy.
- Prepare a Conflict of Interest disclosure, sign it and take the associated training.
- Insert your name and date in the training certificate following the training.
- Send the signed disclosure and training certificate to email@example.com.
- RASP will complete the certification process.
5. Route the proposal for institutional approval
- Complete and sign a RASP routing form.
- Ensure that all applicable compliance committees (Institutional Review Board, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and Institutional Biosafety Committee) review your proposal.
- Submit, at the minimum, the signed routing form, your proposal, and the sponsor’s request for proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- RASP will complete the review and approval process.
- RASP will provide a copy of the approved proposal for the faculty member’s submission or RASP can submit it.
6. Wait for sponsor notification and stay positive!