Who are the Pre-Award Offices?
The Pre-award offices are the two offices in Research, Economic Development & Graduate Education ("R-EDGE") that provide services for the preparation, approval, and submission of proposals to sponsored project/funding opportunities funded by off-campus entities.
The source of the project funding determines which pre-award office handles a project!
- The Grants Development Office (“GDO”) provides submission services for proposals funded by public (government) and foreign sources.
- The Corporate Engagement & Innovation Office ("CEI") provides submission services for proposals funded by for-profit (industry) entities, non-profit/foundations, and provides support for SBIR/STTR proposals.
Both pre-award offices provide information, guidance, and services to Cal Poly faculty, administrators, and senior staff engaged in extramurally-funded research, curriculum development, and community service projects:
- to identify sources of funding; click here to go to the Finding Funding page
- to counsel faculty on the preparation of competitive proposal narratives;
- to assist in the logistics of large-scale interdisciplinary proposals;
- to prepare budget proposals;
- to prepare required sponsors' forms and assurances;
- to identify intellectual property issues.
The pre-award offices represent the University to sponsors in the preparation, delivery and revision of proposals for funding:
- to identify and interpret sponsors' guidelines and regulations; and
- to revise awards.
The pre-award offices coordinate with academic departments, colleges and centers:
- to inform of funding opportunities; click here to go to the "Finding Funding" page
- to learn department and college funding priorities; to obtain institutional review and approvals for proposals;
- to maintain an archive of proposals and awards; and
- to provide reports on proposals and awards; click here to to go to the "Reports" page
- to ensure compliance with University, sponsor and Corporation policy on procedures for cost principles and contractual obligations.