5.2 Initial Contact with the Sponsor
A key element of successful proposal writing is establishing a relationship with the potential sponsor early on in the process. The purpose of this initial contact is to confirm the common areas of interest of the sponsor and the PI/PD. A contact at the funding agency can greatly facilitate writing the full proposal, as well as serve as a resource for answering questions. A PI/PD may initiate contact with technical personnel at a sponsoring organization to confirm research interests by a telephone call, office visit, letter of intent, or a preliminary proposal.