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.

The major elements are:

  • Cover Page
  • Abstract/Summary
  • Project Description/Narrative
  • Budget

Fillable Budget Calculator.xlxs

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

Sample Budget Justification.docx

Budget Justification Template.docx

  • 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, proposal preparation assistance, and research development.