When planning to apply for external funding, you should:
If your sponsor requires Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) to submit the proposal, observe the following guidelines for working with SPA.
An application must be submitted by/through SPA if the sponsor requires institutional approval or signature by an authorizing official, or if the award will be made to NIU. Most graduate student funding awards are made directly from the agency to the applicant; some awards, especially those from federal agencies, are made to NIU.
If any of the following are true, you should check with the Research Development Specialist (RDS) assigned to your college or department. (See the SPA Staff Directory for RDS assignments and contact information):
NOTE: In cases where an application does not have to be submitted through SPA, we recommend that your graduate advisor serve as your main source of advice.
We require a minimum of five business days to review the proposal narrative, budget, and budget justification prior to the deadline date.
We strongly advise you to notify us of your intent to submit at least three weeks before the deadline so that we have more time to support the submission (i.e., ensure that NIU is eligible to apply, that your budget is correct, that you are meeting sponsor guidelines, etc.)
Call or e-mail the RDS assigned to your department to ask if an application should go through SPA. See the SPA Staff Directory for RDS assignment by department or college.