Before drafting your proposal, be sure to:
Make an appointment with your WMU research officer for assistance with interpretation of guidelines, application forms, budget development, applicable requirements and timeline.
Further discussion and/or approval is necessary and a written commitment for funding from the appropriate offices involved. Your WMU research officer can assist in this process. Commitments for funding of the above also need to be secured in writing prior to submission of the proposal. Your WMU research officer can assist in this process.
Complete the Proposal Review and Approval Form.
Get approval for any teaching load adjustments from your chair/dean. Faculty assigned time during the academic year means that a portion of your teaching load is reassigned in order to do project work. You may be able to receive payment from your project during spring/summer sessions within the constraints of the AAUP contract and sponsor guidelines.
Develop the budget using the worksheets provided.
Obtain appropriate department approvals. (Please note that while chair and dean signatures are required for internal purposes, only the vice president of research can sign for the University. In addition, contracts need to be signed by the Associate VP for Business and Finance.
Obtain appropriate vice presidential approval. If more than one vice president is involved, obtain the signature of each.