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What Happens After My Proposal is Submitted?

Receive an Award Notice?

If you receive an official notice of award, send it as soon as possible to the SPA Award Coordinator. The Award Coordinator will initiate the official NIU acceptance of award process, develop the SPA Notice of Award and your award will be assigned to a grant administrator.

The grant administrator will set up your grant in the university financial system and assign a grant number to the account. PIs are encouraged to request a meeting with their grant administrator to discuss post-award processes and expectations for managing an award.

Receive a Denial Notice?

Please notify SPA if you receive information from the sponsor regarding a denial. If you receive a denial notice, you are encouraged to contact your appropriate SPA development staff to discuss the Reviewers Comments and your plan for future submissions. If the agency does not provide comments, SPA staff will help you based on their expertise and previous experiences.

If you submitted an application to a federal sponsor and received a score (e.g. NIH) or reviewer comments encouraging you to resubmit, you may contact the Associate Vice President for Research (AVP) to discuss plans to revise and resubmit your proposal as part of the Division for Research and Graduate Studies A1 program. The A1 program can assist with identifying external reviewers to review the declined proposal against reviewer comments and identify a strategy for resubmission. Stipends may be available for the external reviewers and will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the AVP.

Receive Other Contact from the Agency?

If you are contacted by the sponsor with questions regarding the proposal or budget, please inform your Research Development Specialist. If a sponsorinquiresaboutnegotiationof proposal or budget items, our office will assist you in negotiations and responses to sponsors.