Proposal Submission Process
Simmons University Office of Sponsored Programs
How and when can we work together? We encourage you to contact us with your ideas on academic-related projects for you might apply for external support (from individual research to inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional programs). You may be seeking assistance on where to go for a grant or how to write a proposal or you may have obtained an application and find yourself ready to write and submit it.
Please be sure to let us know in a timely manner of your intent to submit a proposal. As soon as a potential funder has been identified, you should discuss your project with your department chair or program director and your dean—particularly with respect to the commitment of University resources that might be required to carry out the proposed activities (e.g., project director's and other staff members' time, matching funds, use of campus facilities). Working together early in a grant cycle helps facilitate our ability to obtain the necessary approvals to move the proposal forward.
In order to make sure that proposed grant activities comply with Simmons' and funders' policies, this office circulates grant proposals to appropriate University administrators for their review prior to submission. We need to build adequate time into the proposal preparation process to accomplish this. Because nearly all awards take the form of a grant to the University, proposals will require the endorsement of the Provost.
Important Deadline Information: The PD/PI must consult with the Office of Sponsored Programs on budget development and preparation at least two weeks before the submission deadline. Proposals must be available for circulation no later than one week prior to the funder's deadline.
How can you reach us?
If you have any questions, please drop by Room E-206, MCB. Jon Kimball, Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs may also be reached by phone at x2411 or by email. Valerie Beaudrault, Grant and Contract Administrator may also be reached by phone at x2415 or by email.