What is a Proposal

A proposal is a document used to apply for sponsored program funds.  Most agencies have detailed requirements for funding submissions and are often included with the Program Announcement.  Although there is no such thing as a generic proposal, a number of major components are found throughout most proposals.

Major Elements of a Proposal:

  • Cover Page
  • Abstract/Summary
  • Project Description/Narrative
  • Budget
    • Work with the Sponsored Programs Office to establish a budget estimate.

  • Cost Sharing
  • Facilities and Administrative/Indirect Costs
  • Budget Justification

Budget Justification Template (DOC)

  • Subcontracts
  • Biographical Sketch/Vitae for Key Personnel
  • Current and Pending/Other Support
  • Resources/Equipment and Facilities Information
  • References/Literature Cited
  • Appendices
  • Certifications, Assurances, and other forms as required

Additional information regarding proposals and the major elements are provided on the Purdue University Sponsored Program Services website.  The Office of the Vice President for Research in West Lafayette also offers proposal preparation resources and research development.