Grants - Contacts, Submission Instructions, Resources and Guidelines, Funding and Request for Proposals (RFPs), and more

Psychology Grant Submission How-To's:

The Proposal Support team from Sponsored Projects can assist with Pre-award items only and include the following:

  • Review and interpretation of sponsor guidelines;
  • Budget consultation and preparation, including new funding or contracts;
  • Identify possible compliance issues;
  • Creating a proposal in the system of record at the University of Arizona;
  • Answer questions from the SPS Pre-award team;
  • Create the submission application for the corresponding sponsor portal.
  • Assist with pre-award information like Just In Time Requests, post submission materials and any action that is requested before the award is in place.

Submitting Grants Through UA Psychology:

NOTE For our team to provide as much support as possible, please submit a request for assistance at least 15 business days before the sponsor’s deadline to guarantee time for assistance. For more information on the Proposal Support team, please visit their website.

(Note regarding Postdoc and Student submissions at bottom of entry.)

Step 1: Know Your Deadlines 

Internal Deadlines:

  • Request for assistance for a new application must be submitted via SPS Proposal Support Smartsheet at least 15 business days prior to the sponsor’s application due date. This will allow time to complete internal routing and finalize the proposal by SPS 3-day deadline.  The Proposal Support team will work with Preaward Services at Sponsored Projects to coordinate the final submission to the sponsor. Please note Preaward at SPS must receive the proposal in final form (completely routed and approved and ready for submission to the sponsoring agency) 3 full business days prior to the funding-agency deadline. Proposals routed outside of the 3-Day Deadline run the risk of not being submitted to the sponsor. 
  • Once the Smartsheet request is submitted, Angela Valencia, our Proposal Support representative from Sponsored Projects will follow up with next steps. Please note proposal resources below:
    • Proposal Routing Sheet – please complete and send to Proposal Support with your budget, budget justification and project summary.  
    • Preliminary budgets can be completed using the budget template here. Examples of these are included in the forms section under specific grant types.
    • Detailed information relating to proposal development and requirements from the Sponsored Projects and Contracting Services office can be reviewed here:

External Deadlines:

Step 2: Plan Your Submission

  • See previous funded grant examples Psy-Grant Confluence Space

  • NIH and NSF encourage you to reach out to a program officer (NIH) or program director (NSF) before submitting. You are encouraged to send your specific aims (NIH) or broader impacts page (NSF). The relevant contacts can be found here through some of the web tools / websites listed below:

  • All persons responsible for the design, conduct, and/or reporting of research are required by University policy to complete the Conflict of Interest Required Disclosure Training Certification according to the following schedule:

    • Prior to proposal submission for all Investigators receiving funding from any federal source, including sub-federal awards; or

    • Prior to participating in the Conduct of Research for all other Investigators; and

    • Every 4 years thereafter, or as directed by the University when either of the following applies:

      • The University revisits the training requirements; and/or

      • When the University determines that the Investigator is found to be noncompliant with this Policy or any management plan related to an identified FCOI.

Step 3: Work On Your Grant

...and submit the complete grant to Angela Valencia ASAP!


For Students/Postdocs

  • Please follow the steps above for submitting grants (i.e., reach out to Angela Valencia and follow steps 1-3). However, you will only need to send her the Proposal Routing Sheet and project summary (an abstract of your grant). Angela will work with you on your budget as most NRSAs/NSFs are modular (i.e., set up a specific way by the funding agency).
  • Please also see the “Departmental grants examples” (Psy-Grant Confluence Space) where you can download some sample NRSA and NSF grants.

Departmental Grants Examples:

  • ​For grant examples, application boilerplate and other Psychology Department resources, please see Psy-Grant Confluence Space

  • Note: You need to be on UA network or VPN to access to this site. UA login credential is required.


Questions? Contact:

Angela ValenciaSponsored Projects

 Updated 03/10/23 VN

UA/University-Level Resources:

Links to Guidelines for Funding Agents

Faculty Pilot Grant - Request for Proposals (RFPs)

The Department of Psychology invites proposals for research studies to provide essential pilot data to support the submission of new externally funded federal grants (e.g., NIH, NSF, DoD, DARPA, DOJ). 

Selected General Criteria:

  • Pilot grant proposals will be considered from Psychology Department faculty of any rank. *Post-Doctoral Fellows or graduate students are not eligible for this grant mechanism.
  • Individual proposals will be limited to $10,000
  • Recipients must agree to utilize the grant application feedback process provided by the Psychology Research Committee prior to submitting the associated external federal grant, and that at least 75% of the indirect costs for the federal grant submission will be retained within the Psychology Department.

You can read more about the grant, the complete list of criteria, and submit your proposals on our Faculty Pilot Grant page

Updated 03/09/23

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NIH Institute or Center

Sample Plan A  

Clinical and/or MRI data from human research participants


Sample Plan B  

Genomic data from human research participants


Sample Plan C  

Genomic data from a non-human source


Sample Plan D  

Secondary data analysis


Sample Plan E  

Human genomic data


Sample Plan F  

Technology development


Sample Plan G  

Human clinical and genomics data


Sample Plan H  

Gene expression analysis data from non-human model organism (zebrafish)


Sample Plan I  

Human survey data