EARLY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM
Grant Projects and Proposals
The goal of the grants initiative is to provide support and assistance for faculty and staff involved in formulating or preparing a grant proposal or application. However, in order to provide appropriate assistance, the offices charged with this responsibility need to know when a grant proposal is in progress. Therefore, the Early Notification System (ENS) was designed to electronically circulate information and facilitate assistance for the grant writer. Staff members of the Grants Development Center and Office of Grants and Sponsored Projects are available to assist and answer any questions. ENS was not created to discourage projects or impede your progress, but instead offer you all the assistance and support available.
The Early Notification System, a planning and communication instrument should be used early in the planning stage of the grants process. Using the system will provide the grant seeker with assistance locating potential funding, an avenue to discuss the concept and develop the project, suggestions to strengthen the application or proposal, and budget preparation support. Upon receiving notice the grants staff will have the opportunity to ask pertinent questions about the project, assist with the preparation process, and help to ensure a strong proposal is submitted.
The Proposal Form will alert key offices that a grant proposal is being written and will soon be routed through the internal approval process. Once you submit the form, pertinent information about your proposal will be emailed to the appropriate individuals, thus allowing lead time to gather complete information, fully understand the project, examine the proposal for any university commitments, and look at the impact on campus resources. The university has resources and checklists that will help you finalize and polish your proposal before routing it for internal review and approval.