Grant Development

Grant development guides you through the grant proposal process so you can focus on your research.

Overview

Research Proposal Review & Feedback

Successful patient-centered research begins with great ideas in the hands of innovative researchers, along with a successful grant application. Our grant specialists will:

  • Provide you with templates and checklists
  • Review your grant application
  • Offer advice and feedback on the content and presentation
  • Get internal approvals
  • Perform editing and submit the proposal for you

Here’s how to get started:

  1. To search for grant opportunities, fill out the Funding Needs form
  2. Once you have a grant in mind, email spo@aurora.org

Remember, all funding applications must be submitted through the Sponsored Programs Office (SPO).

To give us time to review your grant proposal, please submit it to us at least five business days before the proposal deadline.

About Proposals

Elements of Successful Grant Proposals

A grant specialist will work closely with you to give you feedback on your proposal and to help you edit and organize it. Read more about your grant approval and post-grant award responsibility [PDF].

Successful grant proposals include:

  • Planning: Make sure you have all the information you need.
  • Timing: Grant proposals take time. We require five business days for proposal review. Build in time before your submission deadline to incorporate our feedback and refine the final document.
  • Writing: Your proposal should be clear and persuasive. We can help edit it, but you need to make your arguments convincing.
  • Feasibility: Show how your research is innovative and that you can complete it within your suggested parameters. Include evidence that your hypothesis is fact-based and likely to be successful.
  • Collaboration: If appropriate, collaborate with other qualified researchers.

Avoiding Grant Development Errors

Many grant proposals fail because of simple errors. Double-check that you avoid these pitfalls:

  • Incomplete: Take care to complete all sections of a funding application. It can be useful to have a second set of eyes review your application to make sure you have filled it out completely and correctly.
  • Inappropriate: Sponsors and funding agencies often have specific objectives and fields of interest. Review their objectives and ensure your research matches their requirements.
  • Overly ambitious: If your project appears too ambitious or the scope is too broad, funders might be hesitant to approve it. Try to be as specific as you can. Show how you can achieve your stated outcomes.
  • Vague: Ensure your objectives, methodology and logic are clear and specific.
  • Underqualified: When you list your team’s qualifications, highlight how your qualifications and curriculum vitae suit the project.
  • Poorly written: Grant proposals with grammatical and typographical errors are hard to read. They are also less likely to convince readers that you are prepared. Have someone proofread your proposal before you submit it.

Budgeting

Budget Planning

Most grant proposals require a budget outline. Our budget specialists provide comprehensive budget planning, support and preparation.

We can help you:

  • Estimate: Provide your best estimate of the proposed project’s cost. Use our budget worksheet to create an outline. We will help you fill in the details.
  • Be realistic: Don’t underestimate or overestimate the funding you will need.
  • Align: Be careful to match the project’s scope with the budget you propose.

Submit

SPO Grant Submission Steps

Remember, all funding applications by Aurora researchers must be submitted through us.

Contact us before you have all your materials prepared and the forms completed so we can help.

Follow these steps:

  1. Connect with our grant specialists.
  2. Reach out to potential collaborators.
  3. Write your first proposal draft.
  4. Incorporate feedback from SPO and other researchers.
  5. Review your completed application form(s) to ensure you have provided all the necessary information.
  6. Submit your application to spo@aurora.org.

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