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We are excited about your search for external funding and are here to help you develop successful applications. If you plan to submit a grant or contract proposal, please…

Notify Grace Thornton of your plans to submit a research proposal as early as possible. Provide funding agency and funding announcement information. They will…

  • Review funder guidelines, check for eligibility and limited submission restrictions, and discuss the agency submission process.
  • Determine if you need approval from UGA's Corporate and Foundation Relations and will seek clearance if so (applies to some private foundations and corporations).
  • Make arrangements for budget meetings and discuss required proposal components. Office of Research and Graduate Education personnel will assist with completion of application forms and will enter your proposal into the eResearch Portal, UGA's electronic research administration system.


Sponsored Projects Administration requires that complete proposals be submitted to their office at least five (5) days business days in advance of the sponsor's deadline. Therefore, all proposal components must be submitted to the COE Office of Research and Graduate Education no later than ten (10) business days prior to the due date. This will allow sufficient time for internal review, processing, and obtaining required pre-submission approvals from the PI, Co-PI(s), department head(s), and dean(s)/director(s).

Be sure to inform your department head or center director early of your intent to submit, update them on the progress, and alert them to potential impacts to the department

Caution: The closer we receive a proposal to the deadline, the less we are able to assist you. This may jeopardize the outcome, as there may not be time to fix potentially fatal errors, or the proposal may not be submitted by the agency deadline.

Additional information on the grant proposal process from finding the right funding opportunity to writing, budgeting, and submitting your proposal as well as managing your award is available through the Office of Research and Graduate Education.

Start Early!

Proposal development needs to start as early as possible to insure that:

  • a quality proposal is submitted;
  • the agency guidelines are met;
  • UGA review and submission procedures are followed.