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Proposal Development

Office of Research staff will not write a proposal for a faculty member, but will provide assistance in several ways. The Office of Research assists members of the University community in identifying potential sources of external funding and in obtaining information on the guidelines, procedures, and policies related to proposal development and submission.

Faculty may also request assistance with the preparation of application cover sheets, budget pages, and other forms. Upon request, we will review and edit proposals before submission.

Proposal Review

The Office of Research is the Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) for Duquesne University, and is therefore responsible for reviewing all grant, contract and cooperative agreement research applications that Duquesne University faculty members submit to all funders. All grant and contract applications or proposals must be approved by the Office of Research prior to submission. Principal Investigators (PI's) are required to submit a completed Internal Transmittal Form prior to submission.

Proposal Submission

Once a proposal has been approved Office of Research, it may be submitted to the funding agency.

Final application packages for submission must be received by Office of Research no later than three (3) working days prior to the sponsor submission deadline.

Prior to submission, please review our Compliance page.

NIH and Other Federal Sponsors

Note: NIH and other federal sponsors adhere strictly to submission deadlines. An application is not considered submitted until it is accepted error-free. The response time from grants.gov and eRA Commons can vary greatly depending on submission volume and NIH system status. Thus, it is imperative that applications be submitted well ahead of the submission deadline and that principal investigators make themselves available to us to correct application errors/warnings.

Applicants should confirm that they have an eRA Commons account at least six (6) weeks before the submission deadline. Contact Julie Christy (x1886) for assistance.