Research and Sponsored Programs

Proposal Enhancement Grant

The purpose is to support the development of preliminary results for proposal submission, OR enhance the skills necessary to be successful in seeking mid-level funding from an external agency.

The project described in this application must support the groundwork required to lead to the submission of a competitive grant proposal.  The expected product is a grant submission to an external funding agency in the amount of $25,000 or more to support research, scholarly, or creative activity.

Awardees must include and complete at least one of the following activities as an aspect of their proposal:

  • Travel to meet with a Program Officer at funding agency; OR
  • Serve as panel reviewer for a grant program; OR
  • Work with a mentor to enhance an existing grant proposal
The award range is $4,000-$8,000 and expenditures must be concluded during the current and following fiscal year.

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must be probationary or tenured St. Cloud State University faculty and staff.
  • Applicants may submit one (1) application. If an application is denied, an individual may re-apply during the next submission period.
  • Individuals with an active Proposal Enhancement Grant are not eligible to apply.

Submission instructions and requirements

Deadline: November 1, 2018

Step 1: Download Adobe PDF document and save to your computer by right-clicking Narrative and Budget (PDF) and select "Save Link As" OR "Save Target As" option.

Step 2: Obtain electronic signatures on completed PDF document.

Step 3: Login to Huskies Connect and complete Proposal Enhancement application and upload associated supporting documents:

  • Completed and signed proposal narrative and budget
  • Optional: Budget justification documentation (i.e. quotes or verification of item within the budget)

Budgetary guidelines

  • The budget will be judged on how realistic it is in relation to being able to accomplish your project. Therefore, it is important to accurately calculate the direct costs and obtain current rates for all items.
  • Correctly place each cost under the appropriate heading and include a notation of how it was computed.
  • The budget justification describes –
    • Responsibilities for personnel receiving compensation.
    • Connections between the requested budget expenditures and the strategy of the project.
    • Concise description of the need for each requested item in carrying out the proposed project.

Allowable budgetary items:

  • Travel related to the project.
  • Supplies and equipment needed for the project (purchases remain property of St. Cloud State University).
  • Computer services.
  • Personnel (e.g., clerical/student salary/applicant compensation and fringe costs).
    • Compensation of up to $2,000 for the applicant is allowed. It should be calculated into the budget as $2,000 compensation + $440 (22% fringe) and should not exceed $2440.
    • Funds CANNOT be used to reduce the applicant’s workload.
  • Other identifiable costs
    • If you request compensation for an expert outside of St. Cloud State, you must provide the individual’s credentials, justification for the award, and explanation of your relationship with the individual.

Award selection

  • The Scholarship, Research and Creative Achievement Committee will review the proposals. Funding recommendations are then provided to the Associate Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies, who will make the final funding decisions.
  • Reviewers may take the following into consideration: the quality of the proposal and the project; the likelihood that the project will be completed; the likelihood that the grant will lead to future external funding; and the likelihood that the project will lead in the foreseeable future to a publication/grant submission or a significant contribution to student learning.
  • Proposals are reviewed using the criteria outlined in the Evaluation Form at the end of this application.
  • Given proposals of comparable ratings, greater consideration is placed on those applicants who have not previous received funding through this program.

Recipient responsibilities

  • Awarded funds are to be used exclusively for the work outlined in the proposal narrative.
  • Recipients are responsible for the submission of a final report to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs within 30 days after the project’s scheduled completion date. The report should clearly demonstrate that the work has moved the applicant towards peer-reviewed dissemination of their work, or the submission of a proposal for external funding.

Previous recipients

2018 Recipients

Matthew Davis - $7,997
Biology, “Evolution of Deep-sea Fishes”

Tirthankar Ghosh and Yi Zheng - $7,454
Computer Science & Information Technology, “Investigating wireless sensor network security and performance with embedded systems”

John Sinko - $5,200
Physics & Astronomy, “Heating Analysis and Crater Metrology for Laser Ablation


Previous recipients are showcased in RSP’s annual report.