Proposal Development documents are e-Docs that are part of the KC Proposal Development module and are linked to Budget documents in the system. The Proposal Development document e-Doc screen is comprised of a document header, twelve tabs, with action buttons appearing at the bottom (some of which are unique to individual tabs). The twelve tabs enable the user to create an electronic version of the proposal. For Grants.gov proposals, the Proposal Development document will accommodate all the information required by the sponsor and the institution for a System-to-System submission.
A Proposal in KC can be developed by an individual or a group. It provides detailed technical and business information pertaining to a proposed project that is presented to potential outside sponsor organizations, either unsolicited or in response to a specific funding announcement. Ideas for possible projects are submitted to sponsor agencies for their review and consideration. If the ideas proposed to the sponsor are favorable to both parties involved, the successful outcome of the proposal submission is an award agreement to the institution that gives the researcher a designated dollar amount for use in their outlined scope of work.
Creating a Proposal Development Document
A Proposal Development document may be initiated by anyone with access in Kuali Coeus (KC). Typically, they are initiated by Department or College Research Administrators and routed to Principal Investigators for review and approval; check with your College/Department to determine internal processes. To initiate a Proposal Development document, please go to the KC portal.
View How to Create and Save a Proposal in KC.
Sponsor Naming Conventions
Certain words within sponsor names have been abbreviated in the KC Sponsor Table in order to stay within character limitations and to promote consistency between sponsors. For a list of the naming conventions that should be used when searching by Sponsor Name in KC, view the Sponsor Naming Conventions table.
Activity Type and Proposal Type Definitions
For definitions of the Activity Types, and guidance on what Proposal Type to select for your Proposal Development document, view the Activity Type Definitions and Proposal Type tables below.
Activity Type Definitions table
The table below provides definitions for the Activity Types in Kuali Coeus.
||An investigation aimed at discovery and interpretation of facts, revision of accepted theories in light of new facts, development of new analytical and experimental protocols, or practical applications of such new theories, analysis, data gathering and experiments.
||A project where the primary purpose is to provide a service rendered in the public interest or geographically extends the resources of the institution to entities or persons otherwise unable to take advantage of such resources.
||Proposals with the primary purpose of training or providing instruction.
||These are service projects for which an external client requests a deliverable generated using known practical applications of standard procedures and established theories, methods and standard experiments using special or unique MSU research capabilities. The results of such work are of specific interest to the client and normally involve a set fee according to a published rate schedule routinely charged to all potential customers, off-the-shelf tools and established protocols. Fee-for-service work does not require original, creative, or scholarly analyses or non-standard interpretation of data sets by MSU faculty, staff or students engaged in the work.
||A proposal to undertake, or manage the undertaking of a construction or renovation project.
||A mechanism to provide institutional research training opportunities to trainees at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels. Typically the fellow is not an employee of the university throughout the period of their fellowship.
||The intent of the proposal is to request financial assistance for students or student programs. Some examples are programs designed to:
- Broaden students’ perspectives related to diversity,
- Improve student resources or student life, e.g., computer resources, high tech film equipment for student projects, exposure to arts, humanities and different environments,
- Provide financial aid.
Proposal Type table
The table below provides guidance on selecting the appropriate Proposal Type in Kuali Coeus.
||Gathering approvals for revisions that take place after a proposal is submitted and throughout the lifetime of an award. This Type is used to gather approvals only and does not create a new Institutional Proposal or make changes to an active award.
||Submitting S2S non-competing applications for additional funding/budget period for awarded projects. Currently, this Proposal Type should only be used for USDA progress reports that are submitted System-to-System.
||New proposal submission.
|No Money Agreement
||Routing an agreement for approval that does not include awarded funds (e.g. cost share agreement).
||A pre-application or Letter of Intent that is required by the sponsor and the requirements of the pre-application must have institutional approval (e.g. cost share). Also used for pre-proposals submitted System-to-System.
||A new application requesting additional funding for a period subsequent to what was provided by the current award. Used for System-to-System applications.
||Funds are transferred to MSU without any valuable consideration or compensation to the donor. Gifts of more than $5,000 for the support of research should be routed through a PD document.
||Resubmitting a previously unfunded proposal. Used for System-to-System applications.
||Submitting System-to-System for the following reasons: changes to financial award obligations; competing revisions; non-competitive administrative supplements; and NIH transfer requests.
||Submitting a proposal or receiving an award under a master agreement.
After initiating a Proposal Development document please send an email to OSP with the assigned Proposal Number as well as pertinent details related to the upcoming proposal submission (e.g. solicitation, PI’s name, deadline date).
Grants.gov (S2S) Proposals
This system-to-system (S2S) application submission is only available for certain federal funding opportunities. The eligibility requirements are specified by each sponsoring agency. The S2S tab facilitates submission of certain federal proposals created in Proposal Development directly to Grants.gov.
The S2S tab in KC provides a system-to-system connection between KC and Grants.gov. You can search for and select an eligible funding opportunity announcement via KC using an Opportunity ID or CFDA Number. When you select a funding opportunity, KC loads the S2S tab (in KC) with details and submission forms for that grant opportunity. KC will automatically run a validation check before the proposal is submitted to the Grants.gov website. This validation process identifies errors and omissions in your application. You may also track your submission on the S2S tab in KC.
User Attached Forms
Some application packages pull in the complete list of forms when you retrieve the opportunity from the S2S Lookup. However, other application packages have forms that do not automatically pull in, and will need to be attached as User Attached Forms. For instructions on how to attach User Attached Forms, as well as templates of frequently used forms, go to the User Attached Forms page.
Job Aids and Videos are available on the Kuali Coeus (KC) Training Materials page of the SPA website to assist with specific sections of the Proposal Development document.
S2S Agency Checklists
NIH R-series Checklist for S2S Proposals
Non-grants.gov (Summary) Proposals
Summary proposals are Proposal Development documents used for all proposals except those being submitted via grants.gov as described above. It is necessary to enter a minimal amount of data in KC to support routing, approval and reporting, and a majority of the information will be contained in the Internal Attachments section of the document rather than entered in KC. The Preparing a Proposal Summary document provides more information on this subject.
Routing for Approval
Once a Proposal Development document is completed, it must be routed for approvals. This is accomplished by clicking the "submit" button at the bottom of the “Proposal Actions” tab and can only be completed by someone with the Aggregator role on the document.
Data validations will automatically be engaged when a Proposal Development document is set to route, which will provide errors and warnings that may need correcting before the document can route.
Required approvals depend on the F&A Allocation of the Investigators listed in the Combined Credit Split panel of the proposal, and at a minimum include approval by the PI's and Co-I's, the departments and colleges associated, any special approvers, and the Office of Sponsored Programs/Business Connect/Contract and Grant Administration. Special approvers may be added depending on the responses to questions in the Standard Proposal Questionnaire. For example, the Office of Planning and Budgets is added to the route if the Additional Space question is marked “yes”.
Information on Reviewing and Approving a Proposal can be found Reviewing and Approving a Proposal document and Review a Proposal in KC video.
Copying a Proposal
Copying a proposal allows you to copy an existing Proposal document into a new Proposal document for the purposes of starting a new (and very similar) proposal, resubmitting a previously submitted proposal, creating a revised budget at the Just-in-Time stage, or routing approvals for an Award Revision. You can elect to copy the proposal with or without the attachments, with or without all budget versions, or merely the final version of the budget. The copy function also provides you with a mechanism to change the Lead Unit by way of copying an existing proposal and selecting an alternate lead unit for that new proposal document. The Copy a Proposal document provides additional information.
Is a KC Proposal Document (PD) required when submitting a pre-proposal (also generally referred to as "Letter of Intent to submit a proposal", "Preliminary Proposal", "White Paper", "Concept Paper")?
A pre-proposal does not require a PD, except in the following situations:
- The pre-proposal includes cost share commitments
- The RFA indicates that there is only a 5% variance allowed between the pre-proposal budget and the full proposal budget
- The subaward category is more than 75% of the total budgeted direct costs
- The sponsor requires OSP budget review
- There are intellectual property ownership and/or export control issues
- OSP confirms or determines that the proposal requires special review or approvals
- The pre-proposal is submitted via System-to-System submission
- The solicitation requires the submission of Current & Pending/Other Support forms
When a PD is required, it should be fully-routed and approved three business days prior to the pre-proposal submission, in accordance with the MSU Proposal Deadline Policy.
For pre-proposals that are submitted by OSP, or require OSP signature, please notify/provide documents to OSP one business day in advance of the sponsor deadline.
Please contact your OSP representative for more guidance and never assume that an on-line submission will be automatically released to the sponsor by OSP. This is a common misunderstanding for the National Science Foundation pre-proposal submission process.
OSP recommends that the PI seek Research Dean concurrence before pre-proposal submission if the PI doesn’t meet MSU's PI eligibility requirements.