If you have identified an opportunity you would like to submit a proposal for, your first steps should be:
1. Discuss the opportunity with the chair of your department (or your direct supervisor if you are not a faculty member) as soon as possible. If your proposal will require an in-kind or cash match or if you will be requesting a course release, your department chair or direct supervisor will need to know. Department chair or direct supervisor approval of the final proposal will be required before submission.
2. Discuss the opportunity with the dean of your school if you are a faculty member or the head of your division if you are not a member of the faculty. Again, if your proposal requires an institutional contribution (in-kind or cash match) and/or if you will be requesting a course release, the dean of your school or head of your division must be aware. Approval of the final proposal from the dean of your school or head of your division will be required before submission.
3. Click HERE to fill out and submit a Pre-Proposal Initial Review Form that will initiate your project with the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) or the Shepherd Entrepreneurship and Research Corporation (SERC). Note: you do not yet need to specify whether you are submitting your proposal through OSP or SERC when you submit this form.
Once your Pre-Proposal Initial Review Form is received by OSP, we will advise you on the next steps for proposal preparation, review and final approval for submission.