Pre-Award Resources

Pre Award Resources

Congratulations on being awarded funding to research a topic you are passionate about! The journey of conducting research can be both exciting and overwhelming at the same time. We understand that setting up and running research can be challenging and time-consuming, which is why we have compiled a list of pre-award resources that may benefit you. 

1. Funding Opportunities: Identifying potential sponsors for your research is essential. Websites like, National Science Foundation, and National Institutes of Health provide information on funding opportunities in your area of interest. Check out these websites regularly to explore new opportunities and stay updated on application deadlines.

 2. Proposal Writing Guidelines: Developing a well-crafted proposal is key to securing funding for your research. Check out proposal writing guidelines from your funding agency or university to understand the requirements and expectations for proposal preparation.

 3. Research Ethics: Research ethics is a critical aspect of research. Depending on your field of study, you may be required to obtain approval from an Institutional Review Board (IRB) or an animal care and use committee. Familiarize yourself with your research's ethical considerations and guidelines and ensure that you obtain the necessary approvals before starting your research.

 4. Budget Development: Developing a budget is a crucial part of the proposal preparation process. It's essential to accurately estimate the costs associated with conducting your research. Familiarize yourself with the funding agency's guidelines for budget development and collaborate with your institutional grants management office to develop a realistic budget.

 5. Compliance and Regulations: Your research may require compliance with federal, state, and local regulations such as export control, biosafety, or human subjects protection. Familiarize yourself with the regulations that apply to your research and work closely with your institutional compliance office to ensure that you are compliant. 

6. Research Development Services: Many universities offer research development services to support faculty, staff, and students in their research endeavors. These services can include grant writing workshops, proposal development support, or guidance with research budgets. Take advantage of these resources to help streamline your research proposal development process. 

We hope these pre-award resources will be helpful to you as you begin your research journey. Remember, conducting research requires persistence, determination, and collaboration. Stay focused on your goals, and don't hesitate to ask for help when needed. Good luck!