Guidelines from the Office of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations for faculty preparing proposals for research grants or subcontracts.
Proposals for funding that will be administered by the University (funds are paid to and disbursed by Colgate), must be reviewed and approved before being submitted to the funding agency.
Colgate faculty preparing a new proposal: Please contact us at the email addresses listed below to coordinate the Grant Application Approval Process. We have developed an electronic process that is managed from the Grants office.
- Download the yellow Grant Application Approval cover sheet PDF, and fill it out in as much detail as possible.
- Email the PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Grants office staff will work with you to complete the form and distribute for signatures via DocuSign to the following when appropriate:(Note: The signature indicates acknowledgement of the proposal for purposes of submission, but is not to be considered formal approval. The PI/PD is responsible for understanding and ensuring compliance with all institutional policies and procedures, and with funding agency terms and conditions if an award is made.)
- Associate VP for Human Resources — for projects including new positions
- Institutional Review Board — for projects requiring the use of human subjects
- Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee— for projects requiring the use of laboratory animals
- Chemical Hygiene/Biosafety Officer — for projects requiring the use of hazardous substances
- Radiation Safety Officer — for projects requiring the use of radioactive substances
- For government grants, include the following additional forms when circulating proposals:
- For applications to federal agencies (except NIH/PHS): Conflict of interest disclosure statement (PDF)
- For applications to the National Institutes of Health/Public Health Service:
- Obtain signatures of:
- Department chair
- Division director
- Associate provost
- Provost and dean of the faculty
- At least five business days before your submission date, take proposal to the Grants Office (G6 James B. Colgate Hall) for review by the director of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations, assistant controller, and controller. The Grants Office will proofread your proposal, check the budget, and obtain the remaining signatures. We will contact you when approval is complete and let you know if additional information or corrections are needed before the proposal is submitted.
- For electronic submissions, complete or upload the proposal and budget according to the agency's guidelines. If required, the Grants Office will complete the electronic submission when approvals are complete and the faculty member confirms that the proposal is ready to submit.
- For hard-copy submissions, send copies of the final proposal to the Dean/Provost and the Grants Office.
Submitting Federal Proposals
Legal name: Colgate University
Zip code + 4: 13346-1398
Employer Identification # (EIN): 150532078
Organizational DUNS: 002253615
Congressional District: NY-022
NSF proposals are submitted via FastLane and require one-time registration of principal investigators / project directors through Colgate's Grants Office.
NIH proposals are submitted via grants.gov and require one-time registration for the project director / principal investigator in eRA Commons, through Colgate's Grants Office.
Tips for Facilitating Approval
Contact Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations to let us know your plans and your deadline. We function as the pre-award Sponsored Research Office (SRO) and can:
- Advise on proposal preparation
- Interpret agency guidelines
- Assist with required documents and letters of support
Follow Colgate's guidelines for preparing proposal budgets.
Send a draft budget to the Grants Office for review well in advance of the deadline. Nearly all delays in the final routing of proposals are due to budget errors.
Make appointments with the necessary individuals early in the process. Consider:
- Division director
- Associate provost
- Dean or associate dean of the faculty
At these meetings you may discuss aspects of the project that involve university funds or space, such as
- Release time
- Equipment needs
- Hiring personnel
- Construction or renovation of facilities
- Needs for space
Proposals that include any new positions – temporary or permanent, full- or part-time – require additional approvals by Human Resources and the VP for Finance and Administration. Consult with the Grants Office early in the process if you plan to include new personnel.
Allow sufficient time to circulate the proposal and obtain signatures on the yellow Grant Application Approval Cover Sheet (PDF).
The Grants Office will obtain the signature of Colgate's Authorized Organizational Representative: Thomas A. O'Neill, associate vice president and controller.