For Researchers

For Researchers

Creating a Proposal

Now that you’ve identified potential funding sources, it’s time to organize your ideas and create a plan. Use these resources to help construct a persuasive proposal.

Understanding a request for proposals (RFP)

The Grants Hub offers a consultation service to help identify the key components of an RFP.

Developing a proposal

Data management plans

Learn how to write a data management plan with the University Library’s Data Management Plan Guide.

Create, review, and share data management plans with the DMPTool:

Generating Broader Impacts

Check out Grants Hub’s resources on Broader Impacts plans.

Finding facilities and partnerships

Training and development

Save the date and register for these upcoming VPR training and development events.

Registering for access to proposal submission portals

Consult the funding opportunity RFP for instructions on how the proposal must be submitted.

For the following agency portals, researchers initiate the registration process and the Office of Sponsored Programs Administration (OSPA) completes the registration. Start the registration process at least 10 days before the proposal due date.

For the following agency portals, OSPA initiates the registration process. Complete a request form to begin registration with ample time to complete the proposal forms and upload project information into the system. OSPA generally responds to registration requests within one business day.

Some RFPs require PIs to use other portals or submit directly by mail or email.

For help understanding an RFP, contact or try the Grants Hub RFP consultation service.

Preparing a budget

General budget info & services

Building a budget

Budget policies

Who can help

Policies and guidelines

Search the policies and guidelines surrounding research and intellectual property at Iowa State.