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Pre-Award Services

All institutional grants or partnerships are to be submitted through the Grants Office. We are here to assist or take the lead on institutional or departmental grants. 

Resources and personal assistance are available at every stage of the pre-award process for every grant for which there is faculty or administrative interest and administrative approval. The following are the pre-award stages:

Funding Opportunity

The Grants Office searches daily for new funding opportunities across all government agencies and through several databases of private funding sources. If a potential opportunity is identified and aligns with the goals of the College, the information will be shared directly with the specific administrator, staff, or faculty member. 

Proposal Development

The Grants Office will coordinate with all stakeholders and ensure the proper steps are taken to create a high-quality proposal. This includes establishing a project timeline, setting up initial meetings with appropriate project personnel, working with a Grants Accountant to ensure the narrative and budget are aligned, crafting and revising drafts of the proposal, and assembling all required materials for submission. 

Proposal Submission

Once the proposal and budget are approved by all project stakeholders, the Grants Office will work through the appropriate administrative channels to obtain approval prior to submission. The office strives to submit all proposals at least two days prior to the due date. 

For more information, please see the Grant Development and Management Guide

Please Note: All grants proposed on behalf of College of DuPage, its faculty, staff, or administration must be submitted through the Grants Office (per COD Administrative Procedure 10-100). No grants should be submitted by individuals or departments without the approval and involvement of the Grants Office, as this is a violation of official policy and oversight.


Contact Information

Marcia Frank
Grants Manager
(630) 942-4611

Andrew Luce
Grants Specialist
(630) 942-4613