A basic grant proposal consists of the Project Description (or Scope of Work or Narrative) and the Budget, the purpose of which is to quantify the costs of everything you will need in order to complete the aims of the Project as proposed. Put another way, the Budget serves as the fiscal expression of the Project. In addition to the Project Description and Budget, there will probably be other sponsor-specific documents that you will find listed in the Program Announcement, Solicitation or Request for Proposals (RFP) to which you are responding. It is important to read the Announcement closely and to refer to it as you are preparing your proposal. The Sponsored Programs Office will assist you in determining what is required for your particular submission and which documents need to be routed for approvals. They will also provide guidance in the preparation of the required documents.
If your proposal is successful and results in an award, Sponsored Programs will review and accept the agreement on behalf of the institution. Once the award is finalized, Sponsored Programs staff will initiate the setup of the grant account in the Business Office and you will be invited to an Award Implementation Meeting. Then your funded project can begin!
For a detailed description of the roles of the Principal Investigator, the Sponsored Programs Office, the Business Office and the Provost with regard to pre- and post-award grants activity, please refer to Roles & Responsibilities for Sponsored Projects and Grants, which is also available on the Sponsored Programs web page
Office of Sponsored Programs
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
2nd Floor, Coxe Hall
300 Pulteney Street
Geneva, NY 14456
Fax: (315) 781-3334
Director of Sponsored Programs
Phone: (315) 781-3754
Phone: (315) 781-3067