Types of Proposals

5.1 Types of Proposals

Preliminary proposals, also known as pre-proposals, white papers, or letters of intent, may be requested by a sponsor to ascertain interest in a project. If the preliminary proposal or white paper makes a financial, space, or cost-sharing commitment, the proposal must be submitted through OSP.

New proposals are submitted for initial funding of a project. New proposals are either unsolicited or solicited.

Unsolicited proposals are investigator-initiated projects submitted to a sponsor but not in response to a specific solicitation. The area of activity should be of interest to the sponsor. Some new proposals are submitted for competitive review by the sponsor and peer review and may be announced though an RFP (Request for Proposal), RFQ (Request for Quotation), RFA (Request for Application), Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), or a Program Announcement (PA). Proposals submitted in response to these specific work statements may contain specific terms and conditions and formatting requirements.

Continuation proposals are non-competing progress reports required to continue support for a subsequent budget period within an approved competitive segment.

Renewal proposals are requests for additional funding for a period subsequent to that provided by a current award.  Renewal applications are subject to the same sponsor review criteria as new proposals.

Revised proposals are resubmitted in response to an indication by the sponsor that a project may be funded, but with the stipulation that specific changes in the proposal must be made. The revised proposal should carefully follow the sponsor instructions with respect to the identification of changes made in response to the reviews of the original proposal.

Supplemental proposals request additional support of a funded project (e.g., equipment, support of undergraduate or minority investigators, programmatic modifications).

Consortium/Joint Proposals and Subcontracts are submitted for projects that will involve investigators from more than one institution. In general, one institution will be designated as the lead at the time of proposal submission. The lead institution accepts full funding and responsibility for the performance of the project from the sponsor. Subaward agreements are then negotiated to transfer part of the work and appropriate funds to the other participating institutions. Generally, all conditions imposed by the sponsor on the lead institution are also imposed on the subcontractor(s). All subcontracts, both to and from BU, are negotiated by OSP. When BU is the lead institution, OSP requires a statement from each participating organization that includes a budget and work scope, signed by an authorized institutional official. When BU is the subcontractor, the information (scope of work, budget, etc.) sent to the lead organization must be processed as a proposal through OSP.