College of Liberal Arts

Applying for Grants

U.S. & Foreign Government Proposals

The Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) requires pre-approval for grants submitted to the federal government or to foreign governments. Please see our Grants Submission Timeline for information about how to initiate the grants submission process at UT Austin.

Foundation Proposals

The Office of Corporate Relations and Foundation Relations (OCRFR) monitors our relationships with foundations and corporations. Unless you are responding to an open Request for Proposals (RFP), contact with certain foundations and corporations should first be cleared with OCRFR. If you are considering contacting a foundation or other non-governmental sponsor, please email Vanessa Lopez and Brook Davis at to secure OCRFR approval. Many grant proposals to foundations will also require prior approval by OSP.

Graduate Student Proposals

Most graduate student grants are awarded directly to the student and will not need to be reviewed and approved by OSP. Grants that will need to be approved by OSP include federal grants, such as the NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRIGs); any proposal that requires “institutional signature” or “institutional approval”; or any proposal that indicates that UT Austin will be administering grant funds. If you have any questions, please contact Vanessa Lopez and Brook Davis at

Limited Submissions

Limited submission programs are those for which funding agencies restrict the number of nominations or proposals a university may submit for consideration for an award. Application instructions and competition announcements are available through the Office of the Vice President for Research.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Resources

NSF Templates

Other Resources for Preparing Grant Proposals

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