4. Prepare Your Proposal

In preparing your proposal, you should:

  1. Make an outline or summary of your idea.  You should have a clear idea of what you would like to accomplish with your project.  Once you have a fully developed and clear idea of what you would like to propose, a member of the Research Administration team may be available to further assist you.  If you would like development assistance, please remember to start early and contact:
    Undergraduate Research Grace Abolaji, Ph.D. gtabolaji@pvamu.edu 936-261-1565
    Non-STEM Programs Karen Cotton, M.A. kbcotton@pvamu.edu 936-261-3293
    STEM Programs  Ramaswamy  Krishnamoorthi rakrishnamoorthi@pvamu.edu 936-261-1590
  2. Make a preliminary budget.  You will need to know approximately how much money you will need for your project.  Your Proposal Administrator will assist you with your budget and ensuring that appropriate fringe rates and facilities and administrative (F&A) rates are applied.The F&A Agreement for PVAMU is available here.
  3. Complete the sponsor application forms.  There may be several forms that are required to be completed as part of the proposal package.  Review them carefully and type “N/A” if the box does pertain to your research on this particular project.  Your Proposal Administrator is available to provide assistance in completing these forms.
  4. Identify all cost-sharing.  The Principal Investigator (PI) must include any required cost-share information in the proposal.  Cost-share must be explained in detailed and funding identified and approved prior to proposal submission.  If the PI proposes voluntary committed cost-share, then the Voluntary Committed Cost Sharing Form must be completed and approved.