Research Administration works with faculty and staff who are seeking external funding for research and creative activities. Your Sponsored Research Officer can assist with identifying funding opportunities, developing ideas suitable for funding, preparing budgets, editing and critiquing proposals, obtaining University approvals, providing information about human and animal subjects and other compliance issues, and submitting hard copy and electronic proposals. Research Administration also reviews proposals for compliance with University policies and sponsoring agency requirements, maintains administrative liaisons with sponsoring agencies, is knowledgeable about agency guidelines, and reviews the terms and conditions of all award documents before they may be accepted.
Proposal Submission Procedures
All grant and contract proposals must come through the Office of Research Administration prior to submission. As part of this process, a Proposal Approval Form accompanied by a brief abstract of the project and a draft budget must be completed. The purpose of this form is to request approval of department chairs, deans, and administrative officials for the activity proposed by their faculty or staff as required by CSU Chancellor’s Office and Sacramento State policies.
Institutional Compliance and Research Integrity
Externally funded projects at Sacramento State must be performed in compliance with university, state and federal guidelines on areas such as conflict of interest, human subjects protection, export controls, and animal care and use.
Proposal Writing Resources
- Proposal Writing and Program Evaluation Resources:
Links to grant proposal writing and program evaluation resources from funding agencies and other organizations.
- Sac State Proposal Development Guide:
Guide to assist faculty and staff in the preparation and submission of grant proposals to external funding agencies.
- Serve as a Peer Reviewer:
Details on federal agencies that are seeking peer reviewers to read and evaluate grant applications.
- Agency Databases of Funded Projects
Information for Proposals
- F&A (Indirect) Cost Rates and FAQ’s
Current approved rates and frequently asked questions. F&A Rate Agreement [PDF]
- Institutional Information and Rates
Sacramento State information and rates commonly needed for grant and contract proposals.
- Sacramento State Quickfacts:
Provides current data and narrative on the university.
- University Data Center:
The Data Center houses information that the Office of Institutional Research compiles throughout the year, which includes the following: Quick Facts, University Fact Book, Departmental Fact Book, student data and faculty data.
Budget Development Guidance
- Budget Preparation Overview
- Budget Template [XLS]
This budget template includes standard budget categories and can be modified as needed to fit agency requirements. For budget assistance, including assistance with salary, fringe benefit, and Facilities and Administrative (F&A) cost calculations, contact your Sponsored Research Officer.
- Sample Proposal Budget [PDF]
Sample Budget Justification [PDF]
- Person Months Conversion Chart [PDF]