Research Administration and Sponsored Programs

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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
  • 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
  • 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!


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