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Getting Started

Although grant opportunities are discovered—and pursued—in many different ways, this section offers a brief description of how many people begin the grant proposal process.

ATTENTION: if you are planning to apply for a grant, please first complete and submit the proposal clearance form.

Sometimes the idea for a project comes first; other times, a funding opportunity arises, and the idea follows. Whatever the case, here are some things to keep in mind as you are preparing to work on a grant proposal:

Develop a scholarly agenda
Write a one-page abstract/executive summary
Find a mentor
Alert key people on campus
Alert the Grants Office
Helpful Links
The Grant Writing Process
- Getting Started
         Proposal Clearance Form
         Q&A
         Helpful Links
- Finding Funding Sources
         Alphabetical
         Arts & Humanitites
         Sciences
         Social Science
         Research/Sabbatical
- Crafting a Great Proposal
- Final Steps