Notification of Award
A sponsor will often indicate a deadline for notification of award in the proposal guidelines. Occasionally, this information will come in the confirmation of receipt.
In some cases, no indication will be made as to when applicants will be notified if their submission has been accepted or rejected. The grant coordinator will follow-up with the program officer should this deadline not be outlined or met by the sponsor.
Rejection of Proposal
While it is ideal to have a proposal selected for funding, rejection is common, as competition is high with many funding opportunities. Once notification has been received that a proposal has been rejected, the grant coordinator will inquire as to whether feedback from the reviewers will be issued.
This information can be extremely valuable in reframing a proposal and preparing for a resubmission. In many cases, no feedback will be provided outside of “we received many more high-quality applications that we can fund.” OSP staff can discuss next steps with the PI for a resubmission strategy or application with another sponsor for a different funding opportunity.