The Office of Sponsored Programs

Life Cycle of a Grant

The diagram below shows the typical life cycle of a grant.  Click on the image for a larger version.

Life Cycle of a Grant

1. Generate Idea

  • Unique and fundable idea or project generated by Principal Investigator

2. Locate funding opportunity

  • Work with department, dean’s office, and OSP to identify possible sponsors

3. Develop Proposal

  • Review guidelines for application process and requirements
  • Write technical portion and draft budget

4. Finalize Proposal

  • Gather supplementary materials (letters of support, biosketches, etc)
  • Review proposal for completeness, accuracy, and suitability
  • IRB/IACUC determination process is completed

5. Submit Proposal

  • OSP mails paper documents or submits electronically to funding agency
  • In some instances, PI submits proposal directly to agency (but still informs OSP)

6. Notification of Award

  • Terms and conditions of award are reviewed and negotiated

7. Negotiate/Accept Award

  • Sign award documents and return to funding agency

8. Manage Project

  • Fund and budget set up
  • Set up subcontracts or subawards
  • Request/receive amendments, modifications, no-cost extenions

9. Close-out Award

  • Complete final reports, invention statements, invoices, and financial reports