Application guidelines and procedures will vary depending upon the type of funding (internal vs. external; research or training) and the sponsoring agency or organization (federal, state, local, foundation) from which you are seeking support. ORS is available to help facilitate your application process. To help us better help you, we ask you to keep in mind a few simple guidelines:
- Communicate early and a lot!
As soon as you have an idea or an inspiration, call ORS (570-9296) or email Office of Research and Scholarship to set up a meeting, identify funding, and establish an individualized timeline and application checklist. Stay in touch with ORS for assistance as you move through the application process.
- Read the directions.
Review your RFP carefully for eligibility, evaluation criteria, and sponsor deadlines. Determine if Human Subjects Review is required before submission. If it’s an internal (UCONN), NIH, or NSF application, ORS can assist with the application forms and electronic submission. The level of assistance that can be provided on applications to other sponsoring organizations will be determined on a case by case basis.
- Be prepared.
Make sure your CITI certification and biosketch are both up to date (ORS will maintain an active file of current CITI certifications and biosketches as a service to any faculty who make that request). Confirm your registration in eRa Commons (if an NIH application) and/or InfoEd. Do you have all of the most current research/literature relevant to your topic? Will you need a new or established measurement instrument? What kind of statistical or data analysis support will you need? ORS can assist you with developing a biosketch, registering with eRa Commons and InfoEd, conducting a literature search, locating instruments, and obtaining statistical consultation during the submission process.
- Plan ahead.
Will you be collaborating with another school/department or subcontracting with another university or other organization? Will you need letters of endorsement or support? Will you be conducting your research in another location? How will you collect your data? Who and how many will be needed to do the work? These questions and others will affect budget and addendums required for your proposal. ORS can assist in drafting letters of support and memoranda of understanding and in developing an initial budget with justification before submission.
All research and training applications must be received for review by ORS at least 10 business days before the sponsor deadline. If a pre-submission review is being requested, ORS must receive the completed application at least 4 full weeks before submission deadline. ORS will forward the completed application to the Office for Sponsored Programs (OSP) at least 5 business days before the sponsor deadline. You should anticipate attending to a host of details, final edits and last minute decisions during the final two weeks before your submission deadline; please plan your schedule accordingly!