I’m thinking of applying for a grant. What do I do?

It is never too early to reach out to OSP when considering or planning a proposal submission. Begin by completing the Upcoming Proposals and Reports form which will alert OSP of your upcoming plans, or you can reach out directly to OSP to discuss the funding opportunity—please be sure to include any guidance documents you may have from the sponsor.

Once it is decided that a proposal will be submitted, a member of the OSP team will reach out to you to set-up a meeting to review the sponsor’s requirements, University requirements, and timeline. The PI will be required to complete the PropTrak – Funding Proposal Data Form which will be used by OSP to complete the Proposal Data Sheet in RASCAL. More information on RASCAL can be found here.

OSP can provide assistance on the following for proposal preparation:

  • Creation of proposal checklist and timeline for on-time submission
  • Completion of sponsor’s required forms
  • Creation of budget and assistance with budget justification
  • Assistance with biosketch formatting and PMCID numbers
  • Assistance with Other Support documents
  • Coordination of subawardees documents and correspondence with subaward partners

All sponsored projects are granted to the Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York. As a result, institutional review and sign off by SPA is required for all grant submissions. OSP requests ten business days to adequately review and submit your proposal to SPA in order to ensure your application meets the sponsor and University requirements. Within this timeline is the five day lead time required by SPA. SPA is unable to guarantee thorough review for proposals submitted with less than five days review time, and reserves the right to pull a proposal from funding consideration if any compliance issues are identified post-submission.