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CAS Grant and Fellowship Support Getting Started

The Extramural GRANT Process

Stage 1: Finding Opportunities

Identify Your Goals

Write a 1-2 page concept paper for a general audience that explains your project and your goals.

Identify Key Words

Separately list  5-10 keywords associated with your discipline, specialty area, or project.

Personalized Search

Email your concept paper and key words list to and request a personalized funding search.

Stage 2: Drafting Your Proposal

Gather Information *

Read the Request for Proposal (RFP) thoroughly. Make note of the review criteria, required materials, and submission deadline.

Create a Draft Proposal *

As you write your proposal, keep the sponsor’s goals in mind. How does your project specifically connect to the RFP and its stated objectives?

Ask for Feedback

Arrange for an internal review by colleagues, mentors, and/or the GFS team.

(GFS requests must be made at least 10 days prior to the application due date.)

Stage 3: Formal Application

Contact the GFS team *

At least one month prior to the submission deadline, contact the GFS team to establish a submission timeline, complete any required forms, create your budget, contact subcontractors if applicable, and a review of the proposal and materials.

Contact your Department Administrator

At least one month in advance of the submission deadline for any grant or fellowship application, contact your department administrator to ensure proper coordination of your application.

Finalize Your Proposal *

Collate, proofread, and double check you have included any additional required documentation (e.g. current and pending funding, budget justification, letters of support, CVs for primary investigators).

Complete the WSU eREX form *

This internal request-for-approval form must be submitted to OGRD at least two business days prior to the grant submission date and must include final versions of all proposal documents.

OGRD Submits on Your Behalf *

The Office of Grant and Research Development reviews all external applications and, upon approval, will submit the proposal to the funding agency on behalf of the PI and the University.

* Required step