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    Submission Timeline

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    Sarah Love,
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    Timeline for Proposal Submission

    For most proposals, it is a good idea to notify us at least 4-6 weeks in advance. The actual science development of the project can take anywhere from 3 weeks (very rare to 1 year or more, depending on the complexity of the project).

    • If your project has two or less subcontracts, 6 weeks is the preferred timeline. Subcontractors must have the signoff of their institution for their budgets and many of those institutions require 2 weeks just to obtain all the signatures. They also need time to prepare the budgets and pull together all the paperwork associated with the application.
    • For NIH grants, if you expect that your grant proposal will exceed $500,000 direct costs in any one year, you should allow at least 8 weeks. You must obtain permission of the funding institute to submit the grant.
    • If you are preparing a program project grant or any very large multi-institutional proposals, you should allow between 3 and 12 (or more) months.