Developing a Pre-proposal

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The Citrus Research and Development Foundation is revising their process for the 2018 funding cycle. As a result, the 2018 forms and instructions will change.

The prior cycle forms and instructions currently posted remain for background information only at this time.

Updated versions of forms and instructions will be posted prior to the April 2018 Call for Preproposals.


Pre-proposal Application General Information: The first step in the application process is submission of a pre-proposal, a one-page statement of the goal of your project, rational, and the team qualifications. The form used in submitting the Pre-proposal also includes contact information and other details useful in evaluating the idea. Pre-proposals are reviewed by the Foundation Research Management Committee and Scientific Advisory Board and are evaluated for their merit and likelihood of practical solutions relative to the citrus crises we are facing. Successful outcome of the Pre-proposal step is invitation to submit a full proposal.

The duration proposed for a project should not exceed three years. Individual awards will be based on the recommendations made to the Foundation as a result of the submission of an invited full proposal application and completion of the evaluation process.

Eligibility: Any appropriate research institution or organization is eligible to submit a pre-proposal for funding, including academic and private organizations, non-profit, commercial, federal or state entities.

 Application and Submission Information: Adobe Acrobat PDF forms provide an easy and efficient way to notify the Foundation of your proposed idea. These instructions explain how to complete and submit the form properly. Refer to the forms menu on the Funding and Proposals page or  Download the Pre-proposal Form. (Use Save As… to save the file to local disk. You can also print a blank form and use it for brainstorming before you complete the digital version.)

Fields in the Pre-proposal Form:

Proposal Title: Enter a clear and concise title for your project.

Principal Investigator: Enter a single point-of-contact for the Principal Investigator that will be heading the project.  List Co-PIs with collaborators.  (A Co-PI is anyone who has a separate budget under the project, whereas a collaborator may provide advice or materials, or receive materials for analysis. Collaborators do not have a budget in the project.)

Total Estimated Budget ($US): Enter the estimated budget for your project, factoring the entire term as noted in Duration. CRDF does not allow for indirect costs in project budgets.

Email: Use a valid email address for your point-of-contact. Email will be an important means of communication within the program, so double-check the accuracy of your email address.

Duration (years): Enter the duration of your entire project in years (not greater than 3 years).

Today’s Date: Enter the date on which you complete and submit your Pre-proposal.

Organization: Enter the name of the organization for which you are working on this project.

Phone: Include your phone number, along with country and city codes.

Address: Enter your physical mailing address. Avoid long institutional names and use abbreviations if possible. This will be a secondary means of contact.

Collaborators: Enter the names and affiliation of your Co-PIs and primary collaborators. Secondary collaborators may be included here if there is sufficient space. More information may be requested if a full proposal is invited.

Purpose and Rationale of Study: Describe in a clear and concise way the goal of your project. What is the rationale for your project?

Technology and Expertise: What are the specific technological requirements and expertise for the project? What is the advantage of your team and resources?

Timeline and Milestones: Provide a general timeline for the major milestones in your project.

Expected Results and Practical Application: What is the anticipated outcome of the study? How can results from this study be used to manage disease? Outline the steps and time required to devise an intervention method that will be able to use the findings from your study.

    1. How to Submit Your Pre-proposal PDF Form After you complete your PDF Form, save a copy to your local disk. Next, click on the Submit Proposal button at the bottom of the form. This will automatically send your email to the Foundation.  If you are unable to create this email message, manually compose and send a new email message with your saved Pre-proposal attached to [email protected].  Be sure to copy yourself in the email message to verify your PDF form is transmitted properly.
    2. Following review and evaluation of pre-proposals, CRDF invites full proposal applications by posting those pre-proposals selected at our web page, along with the CRDF project number.  A CRDF Project number will be assigned to each Preproposal invited to submit a full proposal, allowing tracking of project information from this point onward. The pre-proposal process provides clarity to both sponsor and applicant on the significance and applications of the research proposed and is also used to maintain a reasonably high success rate for full proposal applicants.