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Reading the Guidelines


Interpreting a funding announcement

Different agencies refer to funding announcements or solicitations in a variety of ways (RFP – Request for Proposals, RFA – Request for Applications, NOFA – Notice of Funding Availability, NOFO – Notice of Funding Opportunity, etc). Whatever it is called, this document is the primary source of information for determining fit, eligibility, and feasibility before pursuing, and it is what you will refer back to throughout the entire proposal development process. Factors to consider in whether to pursue a particular funding opportunity include:

  • Will the university/campus leadership support the proposal?
  • Are the goals and objectives of the proposed project relevant to the university’s mission and strategic plan?
  • Are resources available to meet the required match (if any)?

See Reading the RFP: What to Look For for some additional tips.



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