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Office of Research and Economic Development

Proposal Preparation

Proposal Preparation Basics

A proposal is a detailed request for funding prepared in accordance with the sponsor's guidance. 

Helpful Tips for Proposal Preparation

  • Start EARLY!
  • Review Sponsor Guidelines (again and again and again).
  • Contact your Department Research Administrator for assistance with proposal components, costing, and interpretation of guidelines or UC policy.
  • Engage your collaborators at the beginning (notify your DRA that there will be collaborators).
  • Participate in solicitation related calls or webinars.
  • Contact SPO for support

Proposal Budget

A detailed budget identifying all proposed costs needed to conduct the research must be prepared in compliance with the sponsor’s guidelines, applicable cost principles and consistent with University of California policy.

Budget Templates – The SPO budget template, included below, must be submitted for SPO review. Templates are found below:

Modified Total Direct Cost (MTDC) 

Total Direct Cost (TDC)

Total Cost (TC)

MTDC Cost Share


Large Project Budget Template

2017-2018 Fee Schedule: The tuition and fee schedule has been finalized and is now available on the Office of the Registrar’s website.

Please use these rates for applicable undergraduate and graduate line items.