OSP Proposal Preparation

Grant Proposal Basics | Proposal Development | Funding Sources | Proposal Routing | Subcontract/Consultant Agreements | NIH Grant Application Resources | R01 and R21 Agreements | Biosketches and Budgeting | Multi-PI, Facilities, Human Subjects and Vertebrate Animals, Resource Sharing | Progress Reports | K-Awards and F-Awards

Grant Proposal Basics

Proposal Submission - Helpful Hints​

Please note that the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) due date is seven business days prior to the sponsor due date.

It is very important to always read and follow the Sponsor’s Guidelines and proposal directions as these vary among Sponsors and are often revised and/or updated.

Proposal Development and Preparation

OSP staff are available to consult with Principal Investigators (PIs) and staff on the development and submission of their proposal, including:

  1. Review of Sponsor Guidelines
  2. Assistance with Budget Development
  3. Review of Sponsor Forms

Visit the Budget section for additional information regarding budget preparation.

Identification of Funding Sources

OSP staff can provide assistance to PIs and staff in identifying potential funding sources. The OSP office subscribes to several electronic and paper publications with the latest information on potential funding opportunities.

Additional resources for funding opportunities:

Office of Sponsored Programs Proposal Routing

The PI is required to route each proposal submission using Cayuse SP. The OSP routing form is no longer in use. Proposals with the following items attached are now routed in Cayuse SP:

  1. Final OSP reviewed budget
  2. Copy of research proposal (draft copy acceptable)

Note: Proposal routing using Cayuse SP is required for new submissions, continuation proposals, renewals and transfers. Please note that all proposals submitted through Lurie Children's require routing, including subcontract proposals in which another institution is the prime grantee and a portion of the work will be subcontracted to Lurie Children's. Access Cayuse SP for electronic proposal routing.

Proposal Submission Guidelines for Subcontract and Consultant Agreements

NIH Grant Application Resources

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. Composed of 27 Institutes and Centers, the NIH provides leadership and financial support to researchers in every state and throughout the world.

NIH strives to make their application process as transparent as it can be, providing a number of resources to investigators on the web, including:

Information about applying to NIH

NIH's Peer Review Process

Find NIH-funded Research and Other Information

NIH Revised (2011) Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) Policy

What Grantees Need to Know about the Revised FCOI Policy (Presentation by NIH OEM, 11/30/2011)

New, Resubmission, and Competing Renewal Applications

For R01 and R21 applications

Application & Forms



For Applications Using Modular Budget Format

For Applications Using Detailed R&R Budget Format

Multi-PI Model

Facilties & Other Resources and Equipment

Human Subjects & Vertebrate Animals

Resource Sharing

Progress Reports (Non-Competing Renewals)

For RPPR reports

NRSA Career Development Awards (K-Award)

NRSA Individual Fellowship Awards (F-Awards)