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Grant Process

Grant Proposal Process

The Grant Process – From Start to Finish.

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is here to help you navigate the grant process step by step. From a project’s initiation to its closeout, the OSP works alongside you to help you attain your goals.

See below for our step-by-step guidelines for each phase of the grant proposal process.

Step 1: Contact the Office of Sponsored Programs

Once you've got an approved project in mind, contact us at (434) 582-2902 or grants@liberty.edu. We'll work with you to help develop and perfect your idea. We'll also help you find funding opportunities, work on your proposal, and submit your proposal to the sponsor.

  • Develop Your Project Idea

    When you have a project idea, the first step is to talk with your dean and/or chair to gain project approval.

    After approvals are obtained, contact our office and we'll help guide you through the official Liberty University Internal Approval Form. You can also review our detailed Internal Approval Form Instructions while completing the form.

  • Identify Funding Opportunities

    Whether you already have a funding opportunity or aren't sure where to start looking, we can help. Contact us for assistance in your search for funding opportunities.

    Liberty Funding

    Liberty University provides several funding opportunities through the Center for Academic Development (CAD) and the Center for Research & Scholarships (CRS).

    External Funding

    Federal and foundation grants include a wide range of funding opportunities. These are offered through government aid as well as corporate and private funding.


Step 2: Prepare & Submit Your Grant Proposal

Next, you'll prepare a proposal package for submission.

  • Write Your Proposal

    Since each funding opportunity is unique, all terms and conditions must be read carefully. Deadlines, allowable charges, and budget restrictions can differ between funding opportunities. We'll help you develop your proposal narrative, budget and justification, and other documents according to the terms and conditions of the funding opportunity. 

    Grant Writing Tips

    When writing your grant, use plain language. Not everyone reading your grant will be familiar with the terms specific to your field. The same goes for acronyms. Make sure to use the full name with the acronym after it in parentheses on each page. Use confident language like "will" and "can" instead of "would" or "could."

    Below are more resources about writing your grant:

  • Submit Your Proposal

    All externally funded projects must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs for review and approval. We'll help you with all hard copy and electronic grant submissions.

    Because there are multiple steps and internal approvals required before you send your proposal to a sponsor, submit your final grant proposal documents to the Office of Sponsored Programs at least 10 business days prior to the agency deadline for internal reviews and approvals.


Step 3: Manage & Close Out Your Project

Congratulations, your proposal has been submitted! Now, all that's left is to negotiate terms and conditions and finalize any remaining funding reports. We'll work with you to make sure your funding goes through and your project is closed out according to policy.


(434) 582-2902

Green Hall, Room 2846


8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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