You’ve submitted your proposal. Now what? The average wait is six to eight weeks. Be patient and find something else important to do. Stay positive.
If it’s a private sector proposal, it’s okay for the person who signed the cover letter to make one follow-up phone call about four weeks after submission. In the call, they can verify receipt of the proposal, suggest an in-person meeting to further discuss the planned project, determine whether the review has begun (and, if so, what stage it’s at), and find out when a decision might occur.
If you haven’t heard anything for several weeks after the decision date, or for more than four months after submitting the proposal, then placing another call is OK.
If it’s a government grant, don’t call. Your shipment tracking service can assure your proposal was received. If a government funder announces grantees but your organization hasn’t received any response, then it’s okay to call.
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