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Overview of Proposal Components

While the requirements for every grant application differ, grant proposals usually entail the following components:

  • A narrative description of the proposed work.  While this component is primarily the task of the faculty member, the Director of Faculty Research Support can read early drafts to provide comments on its overall structure and message and later drafts for copy-editing and proof-reading.  The Director also can ensure compliance with formatting requirements, etc.
  • A budget.  After an initial discussion with the faculty member, the Director of Faculty Research Support can develop a first “draft” of the budget (and, if required, the budget justification).  The budget can then be fine-tuned as the proposed work comes into sharper focus during the narrative’s development.
  • Letter of support from the Dean or the President.  The Director of Faculty Research Support can assist with procuring these.
  • Language on Colorado College.  Depending on the nature of the proposal, the funder may seek background information on Colorado College.  The Director of Faculty Research Support can identify and tailor existing language or develop original language, as needed.
  • A CV highlighting your accomplishments, often limited in pages and in a requested format.