Getting Started with Research
Before you embark on a research project, you will want to find out if you are eligible to serve as a principal investigator (also called project director).
You should also become familiar with our processes by reviewing our Project Adminstration Guide [pdf] and the Proposal Submission Timelines Chart [pdf], which provides critical milestones for quality proposal submissions.
For your reference, we have also created a Helpful Tips for the Grant Proposal Process [pdf]document and a Research Foundation Glossary should you come across unfamiliar terminology, abbreviations, and acronyms.
Principal investigators will fall into one of two research categories: sponsored or self-support programs.
- Sponsored Programs: External Funding: These are research endeavors, service projects, and other specific initiatives funded
by an external sponsoring organization.
- Self-Support Programs: These projects are generally underwritten by the Research Foundation or self-funded through registration, user, or service fees. Examples include conferences and faculty development.
Project Lifecycle: A Quick Look
Many things happen behind the scenes before, during, and after a research endeavor. Each of these milestones brings you one step closer to a successful project.
Learn More About Each Step
- Finding Funding
- Developing & Submitting Proposals
- Award Negotiation & Setup
- Managing an Award
- Closing a Project