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Grants: Unsolicited Proposals

A large number of federal agencies, including USDA, DOE and DOD, accept unsolicited proposals.

It is the policy of the U.S. government to encourage the submission of  proposals that contain new ideas and innovative concepts pertaining to agency program areas. When a new, innovative idea is overlooked by agency-initiated funding opportunity announcements or does not fall under publicized topic areas, the idea may be submitted as unsolicited proposal.

An "unsolicited proposal," as defined in the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR 2.101), is a written proposal that is submitted to an agency on the initiative on an offering individual or company for the purpose of obtaining a contract with the government that is not in response to a request for proposals, broad agency announcement, or any other government-initiated solicitation or program.

Unsolicited proposals are welcomed by most agencies since they allow companies to demonstrate how new ideas, innovations and projects, which do not fit with current grant, loan or loan guarantee opportunities, tie in with existing agency programs and advance agency missions and, therefore, are deserving of agency support.

Among the agencies that publish guidelines on how to submit unsolicited proposals are:

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