There are two kinds of proposals a) pilot studies with funding in hand, and b) larger studies for which funding will be sought. In both cases, CCSS must be the most appropriate resource for the proposed question.
As a first step, an investigator should submit an Application of Intent (AOI). The CCSS Executive Committee will review the AOI with emphasis on Working Group assignment and making sure there is no overlap with existing CCSS projects. After the AOI is approved, the next step is for the investigator to submit a 3–4 page summary of the proposed project (see Review of Proposals below).
Investigators proposing an ancillary study will need to be teamed up with a member of a relevant Working Group for input on both the science and CCSS process. Front-end involvement of the applicable Working Group is very important to facilitate a successful proposal.