Proposal preparation checklists can help you put together a proposal. Most proposals contain the following:
- Cover or Title Page: Contains specific information about the proposal and the Institute and requires specific authorizations/signatures. See MIT Facts and Profile Information
- Abstract or Project Summary: Outlines the proposed research, including the objectives, methodology, and significance of the research.
- Statement of Work (SOW): Provides a full and detailed explanation of the proposed research, and typically includes a project timetable. The SOW describes how the work will be done, where the work will be done, and who will do the work.
- Budget: Must include an estimate of the resources necessary to conduct the project. Most sponsors require a detailed breakdown of the budget into defined categories and a detailed budget justification, explaining what costs will be paid for and how the expense was calculated.
- Curriculum Vitae or Biographical Sketch: Include for all key project personnel.
- Bibliography: Lists all references cited in proposal.
Always check Sponsor Specific Guidelines as well as the proposal solicitation. Additional elements can include:
- Financial conflict of interest (COI) disclosures from PIs and senior/key personnel
- Current and pending support: Lists the PI’s (and sometimes key personnel’s) current awards and pending proposals.
- Letters of support from non-Institute investigators
- Subaward documentation: If the proposal involves collaboration with investigators at other entities, detailed information about the subrecipient should be included in the proposal. See MIT Subawards Process
- Compliance certifications and representations
- Description of available equipment and facilities