Submitting a Proposal

To begin, find a funding opportunity you are interested in submitting an proposal, application or “white paper” to.  Download the funders funding guidelines, solicitation or Request for Proposal (RFP).  Read the complete funding opportunity announcement (FOA), requrest for proposal (RFP) or solicitation to determine what documentation is required for submission.  Forward a copy of the FOA, RFP or solicitation to research@merrimack.edu and set up a meeting to discuss your project.

You will be required to submit the completed OSP Proposal Routing Form (link below) with your proposal documents attached to your department chair and dean for approval and signature on the OSP Proposal Routing Form.  Send a scanned copy of the form, your proposal documents, budget and budget justification to research@merrimack.edu.  The OSP Team will review all of the documentation and contact you if there are any questions or concerns.

Try to submit the OSP Proposal Routing Form and documentation as soon as you can.  The OSP Team requires a minimum of 14 business days prior the submission due date to review the FOA, RFP or solicitation, to review and edit any proposal documentation as required by the funder, and attain the required Provost and CFO approvals.  

Once the OSP Proposal Routing Form (with the respective signatures) is completed, the proposal may be submitted.  The signatures on the OSP Proposal Routing Form constitute the institutional approval needed for all proposals.

Proposals submitted without going through the above process and are awarded, may be declined.

Please contact OSP if you have any questions or concerns about getting the proposal review process started: research@merrimack.edu or 837-5611.

The documents below will provide you with information and resources that are helpful when putting together proposals for external funding.