Proposal Submission Process

The normal proposal process begins when a potential researcher discovers an RFP (Request for Proposals) or BAA (Broad Area Announcement) that seems to align with her/his particular research interests. RFP/BAAs generally contain specific instructions as to the contents and order of the final submission package.

To start the proposal process use the Intent to Propose (ITP) page on the OSP website to notify the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) of the intention to apply, as early as possible.  In some instances, internal competitions will be held to select limited proposals to be submitted.

Sponsored Programs staff will reach out to the researcher after reviewing the RFP/BAA and will begin to assist the researcher in the development of their proposal. The main form of assistance comes in the development of the budget for the proposal and in unwinding the regulations associated with submitting applications to that particular funding source

All materials for the proposal must be received at least 3 business days before they are due to the funder for submission to allow for complete review of the proposal. This also allows time for the Co-PI, Department Chair, Provost and Vice President for Research to review the proposal information and indicate their approval. OSP will assist to complete the proposal package for submission on behalf of the researcher at South Dakota Mines.

In many cases, submission of the proposal will involve a website such as Grants.Gov, FastLane, or OSP is very familiar with all of the submission methods and is the only agent authorized to submit proposal on behalf of the researchers at the School. OSP staff are trained in the assembly of proposals submission.

Researchers should be aware that once their proposal is submitted it becomes part of the public domain and is reachable by a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the funding agency or the School.

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South Dakota Mines
501 E. St. Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD  57701

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