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Proposal Development

All proposals for extramural support must be submitted by an Authorized Official in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs(ORSP).

Your stakeholders in this process include your college Dean and Grants Officer, Department Chair, staff in ORSP, and CSUN executive administration. Following the five steps outlined below will help ensure that your application is more competitive, submitted successfully, and complies with CSU and funding agency requirements. 

Step One: Create a Proposal Record in Cayuse SP

Cayuse SP maintains proposal records electronically. Records are accessible to Principal Investigators (PIs), appropriate Department Chairs, MARs, Deans, and CSUN research administration staff. Coordination with ORSP is key to a successful, on-time, error-free submission. You may begin your proposal in Cayuse SP, or contact your ORSP Grant Coordinator with questions.

Access CAYUSE using your CSUN credentials. 

See Step-by-Step Instructions for Principal Investigators for details on how to complete a proposal record in Cayuse SP. 

Step Two: Develop a Competitive Proposal

The ORSP Grant Coordinator assigned to your college will follow-up to help you develop a checklist of required documents and address the following key components: 

Budget: CSUN requires that your request for funding is supported with a detailed budget showing accurate salaries, reassign time, fringe benefit rates, travel allowances, student training stipends, indirect/facilities and administrative costs, and other appropriate expenses. Your Grant Coordinator will provide current rates and help you create an accurate budget. 

Narrative: Your Grant Coordinator can steer you toward narrative samples. 

Protocols: If your research has human or animal subjects, your application may have additional requirements. To ensure your research is in compliance with the protection of human and animal subjects, please contact IRB/IACUC Manager, Daniel Rastein, during proposal development to discuss the protocol review process. All protocols must be approved before the start of any research project and prior to expending any research funds. 

Institutional Information: Commonly requested Institutional Information is provided for your convenience. Cayuse 424 will auto-fill many of the institutional data fields for submissions through grants.gov

Other Resources: Please review the Resources provided to find information on grantsmanship workshops, data management tools, agency guides, and much more. 

Step Three: Compliance Check

Documents required to ensure your proposal complies with funding agency regulations and CSU Executive Order 890 will be managed primarily in Cayuse SP. For example, questions regarding Conflict of Interest (COI), Regulatory Compliance, and Export Controls will be answered in Cayuse SP and maintained electronically. Your Grant Coordinator will help you identify other required compliance documents as needed. 

Step Four: Proposal Review and Routing

All proposals will be routed electronically in Cayuse SP for authorization by all investigators and associated Department Chairs, college MARs and Deans, and the Vice President of Administration and Finance. The routing process will originate with your ORSP Grant Coordinator after you have completed the record in SP. Your college's grant staff can confirm your college's process for approval and provide other valuable support. All established deadlines must be honored. 

Please review the Step-by-Step Instructions for Department Approval in Cayuse SP.

Routing must be completed four business days prior to submission so that ORSP can ensure your work complies with CSU Executive Order 890. Please note that ORSP cannot guarantee that late proposals will be reviewed, approved, and/or submitted before the agency deadline. 

Step Five: Proposal Submission

All proposals for extramural support must be submitted by an Authorized Official in ORSP. 

Some letters of intent, interest, or inquiry (LOIs), pre-proposals, and white papers or concept papers may be submitted by the Principal Investigator. Your ORSP Grant Coordinator can confirm regulations and provide assistance. 

Planning Ahead: Following submission and prior to award

Be prepared to spend your grant funds! Submit your protocols for human and animal subjects research early. Please see details on Human/Animal Subjects under Research Compliance.

Have questions about protocols? Contact IRB/IACUC Manager, Daniel Rastein.

Planning Ahead: Award administration

Awards are administered jointly by ORSP and the University Corporation, a non-profit auxiliary of the University. The University Corporation acts as the fiscal agent, and provides post-award services such as bookkeeping, accounting, and payroll. The University Corporation offices are located in the Sierra Center Building, 3rd floor.

For more information, visit the The University Corporation, Sponsored Programs