Sponsored Programs Administration Resource & Knowledge Series PROPOSAL

Sponsored Programs Administration Resource & Knowledge Series PROPOSAL

Sponsored Programs Administration Resource & Knowledge Series PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) Presented by: Laurianne Torres, Joan Jarvis EXPLORING RESEARCH ADMINISTRATION FROM CONCEPT TO COMMERCIALIZATION Federal Funding Cycle Federal Priorities Who sets them? The Federal Budget an Overview Earmarks Why are they significant? Laurianne Torres EXPLORING RESEARCH ADMINISTRATION FROM CONCEPT TO COMMERCIALIZATION

THE FUNDING PROCESS Proposal review process completed within 60-90 days so that awards can be made in time for projects to begin October 1 Prior to Septembe r 30 Peak period for proposal submissions

July Peak period for publication of final RFPs, deadlines for applications peak 30-90 days later March - February - May After 60-90 day comment period,

Federal agencies release final guidelines December - January Federal agencies begin releasing preliminary guidelines for appropriated funds Early October Congress

appropriates funds for Federal agencies and programs via a series of budget bills May September Congress (House and Senate) engage in budget resolution process that specifies spending levels for all Federal agencies

February April President submits budget to Congress for the next FY Late January Early February Sponsors release awards for current FY and prepare budget

proposals for next FY October 1 mid January Federal FY begins October 1 THE FUNDING PROCESS Federal Funding Cycle Based on Federal Fiscal Year (FY) Oct 1 to Sep 30

FINANCIAL PROGRAMMATIC PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) THE FUNDING PROCESS Federal Priorities Who Sets Them? The President, with advice from: Federal agencies (ex. NSF, DHHS, US Dept of Ed, etc.) The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Office of Management & Budget (OMB) Congress, not required to pass budget proposal

As part of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974, the budget resolution process was established Allows Congress some control over the appropriations process PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) THE FUNDING PROCESS Federal Priorities Who Sets Them? PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) THE FUNDING PROCESS The Federal Budget

Discretionary Levels set every year by Congress in the Budget process Mandatory Payments the U.S. Government is obligated to make Earmarks Funds for projects where congressional direction circumvents the merit-based, competitive allocation process PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) THE FUNDING PROCESS Earmarks Why are they significant? For you, the taxpayer:

gives Congress the power to allocate funds to specific named projects circumvents the Executive Branchs competitive allocation process directs funds without any public hearing or review reduces/eliminates transparency in the system, though policy reform is changing that PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) THE FUNDING PROCESS Earmarks Why are they significant? For you, the research administrator:

threaten University research Some universities refuse to accept earmarks, citing that it undermines national excellence in research by diverting resources from competitive research funding Faculty earmark requests often must be reviewed/ approved by VP PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) THE FUNDING PROCESS Earmarks Why are they significant? For you, the researcher:

Merit, value and quality of research may be questioned Integrity may be compromised PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) THE FUNDING PROCESS PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) Federal Announcements Proposal Types Sources of Funding How to Spot the Right Opportunity

Laurianne Torres EXPLORING RESEARCH ADMINISTRATION FROM CONCEPT TO COMMERCIALIZATION RESEARCHING FUNDING SOURCES RESEARCHING FUNDING SOURCES Federal Announcements Federal Register Published daily by the Government Printing Office Informs citizens of their rights and obligations, and provides access to Federal benefits and funding

opportunities Organized into 4 categories 1. 2. 3. 4. Presidential Documents Rules and Regulations Proposed Rules Notices PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) RESEARCHING FUNDING SOURCES Federal Announcements Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA)

A standardized system for categorizing federal grant programs. A unique 2-digit number assigned to each federal agency A unique 3-digit number assigned to each program 12.101 Beach Erosion Control Projects (funded by U.S. Department of Defense) PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I)

RESEARCHING FUNDING SOURCES Proposal Types Sponsor websites/publication s Federal Register FedBizOpps.gov FedBizOpps.gov Solicited Unsolicite d Grants.gov

State procurement lists Sponsor websites/publication s Community of Proprietary Science databases/newslette rs PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) RESEARCHING FUNDING SOURCES Proposal Types PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I)

RESEARCHING FUNDING SOURCES Sources of Funding PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) RESEARCHING FUNDING SOURCES UCF Resources Funding Opportunities Databases (offered at UCF) Community of Science (COS) Illinois Research Information Service (IRIS)

www.cos.com Automated funding alerts Funding Opportunities (over 400,000) Expertise (500,000 researcher profiles) www.library.uiuc.edu/iris/ Serves the arts, humanities and private foundation Foundation Search Database (limited access)

www.foundationsearch.com Private, corporate and government grant opportunities Profiles of each Foundation Not available to faculty, staff, students PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) RESEARCHING FUNDING SOURCES UCF Resources Agency Websites Grants.gov Agency-specific (ex. NIH, NSF, etc.) UCF Internal Funding Programs

In-House Research Grants Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI) UCF Research Incentives Matching Funds for Federal Agencies (MFFA) Florida High Tech Corridor (FHTC) Industry Matching PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) RESEARCHING FUNDING SOURCES How to Spot the Right Opportunity Do your Homework, Ask Questions:

Who is the PI? Type of project or activities Amount of funding needed Timeframe to receive funding Proposal submission deadline Timeframe to conduct activity Competitiveness History of funding source

History of UCF Find a sponsor whose mission and purpose match the project Be sure eligibility requirements are met PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) THINK ABOUT IT Which of the following refers to an announcement of a federal agencys general research interests? a. b. c. d. BAA

BCC BEA BRC PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) THINK ABOUT IT Proposals submitted that are not in response to a specific RFP, RFA or program announcement are referred to as ______________ proposals. unsolicited PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) What is an RFP?

Overview of RFP Requirements Dissecting the RFP Considerations Common Errors to Avoid Good Practice: The Ella Fitzgerald Approach Resources Joan Jarvis EXPLORING RESEARCH ADMINISTRATION FROM CONCEPT TO COMMERCIALIZATION REVIEWING THE RFP WHAT IS AN RFP? Is an RFP a Box of Chocolates? A Request for Proposal (RFP) is a document

generated by a sponsoring agency for access by interested entities to submit a proposal to provide services or goods or to conduct research efforts. An RFP is either: sent directly to a specific entity to invite it or is made available to the public through the sponsoring agencys funding opportunities website PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) WHAT IS AN RFP? Why Do Agencies Use an RFP? WHEN: cost is not the sole evaluative criteria

a project is so complex that it warrants a proposal from a provider creativity and innovative approaches are needed PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) WHAT IS AN RFP? Other Mechanisms/Terms: Most frequently used:

Less frequently used: RFA - Request for Applications EOI - Expression of Interest RFD - Request for Documentation RFO - Request for Offer

ROI - Registration of Interest RFI - Request for Information RFQ - Request for Quotation

LOI- Letter of Intent PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) OVERVIEW OF RFP REQUIREMENTS PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) OVERVIEW OF RFP REQUIREMENTS PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) OVERVIEW OF RFP REQUIREMENTS PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) DISSECTING THE RFP

Sometimes it seems like this: PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) DISSECTING THE RFP Whats in this thing? PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) DISSECTING THE RFP Summary of Program Requirements Provides a brief description of the projects or services that are needed, being requested, or available.

In some RFPs, the needs are complex and may be difficult to describe in detail. A good description of these needs assists responders in developing an excellent and highly targeted proposal. Agency contact PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) DISSECTING THE RFP Eligibility and Proposal Limits

Eligibility criteria Is UCF eligible? Is the PI eligible? Organization Limit ? If yes, contact ORC Funding Opportunities Section PI Limit PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I)

DISSECTING THE RFP Proposal Preparation Instructions Most RFPs provide the guidelines to be followed relating to format and content: o Format: Type font & size Page numbering and limitation requirements

Page size & margins Line spacing Graphic resolution, etc. PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) DISSECTING THE RFP Proposal Preparation Instructions o Content: Agency required forms Cover Page Summary Table of Contents Project Narrative Biosketches

PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) DISSECTING THE RFP Proposal Preparation Instructions o Content (continued): Budget & Budget Justification Current & Pending Support Facilities & Equipment Letter of Support (if applicable) Appendices (if applicable) PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) DISSECTING THE RFP Budgetary Information/Limits

Budget = the proposal in dollars Check for: Number of years allowed & timeframe Budget range (minimum-maximum; per year, total) Any special limitations (no equipment is allowed; no salaries can be charged, etc) Budget format (if any) Cost Share/matching requirements PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) DISSECTING THE RFP Cost Share/Matching

Is it required? Ratio Type of cost share allowed Source Documentation/Commitments PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) DISSECTING THE RFP Submission Requirements

Instructions for proposal submission Hard copy E-mail Electronic i.e., Grants.gov; Fastlane; NSPIRES, etc.

Electronic with follow-up hard copy could include CDs, separate reference letters), or with follow-up e-mail with specific files of the proposal Fax PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) DISSECTING THE RFP Due Date & Time

May have letter of intent due date (required or optional) Preliminary Proposal due date with option to invite only those selected for full submission Should be clearly stated near the beginning of the RFP and in other relevant places. PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) CONSIDERATIONS

Intergovernmental Review Compliance Requirements (IRB, IACUC, Biohazards, Export Control, COI, RCR) Certifications and Representations Sample contract/contracting language Reporting requirements PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) COMMON ERRORS TO AVOID Not reading the RFP (assuming format & content)

Selecting the incorrect solicitation Postmarked vs. actual receipt Use of incorrect agency forms Not checking that CDs are readable on other computers Not contacting agency reps when requested in the RFP PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) How do I remember everything?

Ive got 10 proposals due this week I read the RFP two weeks ago Im in a panic! PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) GOOD PRACTICE The Ella Fitzgerald Approach a-tisket a-tasket... A green-and-yellow basket

I bought a basket for my mommy On the way I dropped it. - Ella Fitzgerald Only its a green and yellow MARKER And some sticky notes PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) QUESTIONS? The RFP should clearly specify the mechanism by

which respondents can ask questions. RFPs may set a time period during which questions can be submitted Agencies will usually display the questions and answers on website and make them a part of the PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I)

THINK ABOUT IT The Federal Government invites proposals and specifies general award terms and conditions using what instrument? a. RFP b. RFQ c. RFO d. BAA PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) THINK ABOUT IT What is the purpose of the federal proposal review process?

Assures that the highest quality proposals are selected for funding in an equitable manner PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) THINK ABOUT IT When reviewing the proposal guidelines, you notice that awards may only be made to a nonprofit organization, is UCF eligible to submit a proposal and receive an award? No, UCF is not a 501(c)(3) (nonprofit) organization. PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART I) QUESTIONS or COMMENTS?

THANKS FOR JOINING US! Please come to the next session: Sponsored Programs Administration Resource & Knowledge Series PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & REVIEW (PART II) May 25, 2011 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

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