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In some instances a pre-proposal or letter of intent (LOI) may be solicited by a funding agency, the specifics of which are normally outlined in the program announcement.

A pre-proposal establishes communication between the sponsor and the applicant to determine whether a full proposal should be submitted and to obtain advice that will improve the proposal's chance of success.

Typically a pre-proposal involves a brief summary of the project and an estimated budget total. In certain circumstances, the pre-proposal may result in an award without a full proposal submission. Therefore, if any of the below situations apply, your program administrator must submit the pre-proposal following the Office of Research proposal protocol.

  • A detailed rather than summary budget is required.
  • The number of pre-proposals allowed from the University is limited.
  • The pre-proposal commits the University to cost sharing of any kind.
  • An authorized signatory is required.

Contact your pre-award administrator for additional guidance regarding pre-proposals.