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. 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 none of the below criteria apply, you may submit the pre-proposal directly to the sponsor after it has been reviewed by your ORA program administrator. However, if a proposal involves any of the following, your program administrator must handle the submission.
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.