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Before developing a research proposal for an external funding opportunity, it is important to know whether you are submitting application for a grant or a contract; whether you are eligible to apply for the funds; whether you or SFU needs to make the final submission; and to understand the university's internal policies and processes with regards to sponsored research.

You are strongly advised to allow sufficient time for proper diligence at each level of the application.

Grants, contracts and donations

Research grants, research contracts, service contracts and donations

Verify your eligibility

Ensure you are eligible before submitting your application and ensure you remain eligible over the course of your research project.

Factors to consider

Factors to consider at the when planning your proposal, common elements of a research proposal