In support of Cal Poly's mission to foster teaching, scholarship, and service, the Grants Development Office (GDO) provides leadership and guidance to faculty and staff interested in obtaining external funding support for research, creative activities, professional development, curriculum development, public service projects, and other special University initiatives. External project funding helps to ensure that Cal Poly has the resources available to support the research and professional development goals of the faculty, as well as provide opportunities for hands-on learning experiences for students.
GDO Services and Resources
GDO provides assistance during the planning stage and preparation process through proposal submission. We can help you identify appropriate funding opportunities, assist with project and budget development, manage the campus approval process, and submit the final proposal documents to the sponsor. We work closely with the Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) staff to help ensure a smooth transition to post-award management, once projects are funded. This includes follow up communications with the sponsor, contract review and negotiation, and ensuring compliance with relevant University and federal approval requirements.
We welcome your calls and visits to our office so you can meet with your Grants Analyst and discuss your proposal ideas and plans in person. However, to ensure that you have quick access to the information and resources you'll need throughout the proposal development and submission process, we provide several development tools here on our website.
The GDO website provides a wealth of information on potential sponsors, funding opportunities, proposal development forms, and relevant University policies. We maintain information on the latest agency and federal updates to guidelines and policies that directly impact proposal development. Our goal is to help you submit the most competitive and compliant proposal possible so you have the greatest chance of funding.
As funding priorities shift and federal spending regulations become more strict, knowledge of this changing landscape becomes an important tool in securing and maintaining external funding. The GDO staff keeps up to date with the latest agency updates, CSU policies, and federal regulations that provide the framework for how we may budget and expend sponsored project funding. We're experienced in interpreting the acquisition regulations that impact many federal contracts, as well as the intellectual property issues and confidentiality responsibilities relevant to industry contracts.
If you are planning to submit a proposal, or if you would like to talk about your funding options, we encourage you to call, stop by the office, or email to let us help you get started. We look forward to working with you!