Rider University provides assistance to faculty members and administrators interested in seeking external funding to support research, special projects, and other endeavors. The following grant guidelines provide general instructions regarding how much time may be needed to complete a proposal, which individuals on campus need to be contacted prior to preparing a proposal, and what approvals will be required.

Develop Project Idea Find Funding Source Review Grant Opportunities & Requirements
Develop Proposal Concept Throughly Review Grant Guidelines Identify and Meet Requirements
Develop Proposal Budget Route for Proper Approval Review, Edit and Submit Proposal

1. Develop Project Idea

Identify problem or need to be addressed

Articulate goals and objectives

Consider outcomes and impact

Inventory available University resources as well as outstanding needs

Estimate time frame and anticipated costs for endeavor

Discuss with Dean or Department Chair

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2. Find Funding Source(s)

Review funding sources available on Grants and Research at Rider

Contact Cathlene Leary-Elderkin for government funding sources (clearyelder@rider.edu / x7257) or Denise Pinney for corporate, foundation and nongovernmental grants (dpinney@rider.edu / 5019). Both can assist you in various ways throughout the grant development process.

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3. Review Grant Opportunities and Requirements

Review available Requests for Proposals (RFPs), grant guidelines and program announcements

Consider feasibility of devising and implementing a project consistent with the other projects a funding organization may have funded in the past

Consider the expertise required to oversee the grant

Review the deadline for applications and the date by which the grant may officially begin

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4. Develop Proposal Concept

With the grant guidelines in mind, begin to formulate a plan and framework for your endeavor

Draft a rough budget

If your grant will support a special event, complete Rider’s Grant Event Approval Form

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5. Thoroughly Review Grant Guidelines
Determine whether there is a “good fit” between your goals and those of the organization

Determine appropriate first step, ex. Letter of inquiry (LOI), proposal, or a conversation

Review past funded grant awards and gifts (if available) to assess size and funding priorities of past grants

Review items the organization will and won’t fund

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6. Identify and Meet Requirements

Identify resources, equipment and space needs

Contact HR if your grant includes personnel costs or requires new personnel to be hired.

If working with a team, assign tasks to others to gather data, write sections, create attachments, and so forth.

Create submission timeline

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7. Develop Proposal & Budget

If submitting a federal or state grant, discuss the application process with Cathlene Leary-Elderkin (clearyelder@rider.edu) or Mike Rutkowski (mrutkowski@rider.edu)

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8. Route for Proper Approvals

If submitting a government grant, complete Rider’s Grant Proposal Review Form within required timeframe (2 weeks before due date) and give to Mike Rutkowski along with your draft proposal and budget.

Proposals being submitted to corporations, foundations, professional organizations/NGO’s should be shared with Denise Pinney (dpinney@rider.edu)

Institutional Review Board (IRB) review will be required for all projects involving human or animal subjects research (allow extra time for this approval)

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9. Review, Edit & Submit

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