Proposal Development ASSISTANCE

Proposal Development

The content of extramural funding proposals is usually dictated by sponsor (funding agency) guidelines. The Proposal Development Services team strives to serve as a knowledge base for agency guidelines, and as a check that the guidelines have been followed, to ensure successful proposal submission. Our staff possess compositional, persuasive, and scientific writing expertise. They can be viewed as a part of one’s project team.

Proposal Development may include some or all of the following services:

Proposal Planning Services

  • Communicate with funding agencies
  • Interpret and evaluate complex data on sponsors, their goals, programs, and funding capabilities
  • Actively participate in proposal development meetings of the project team
  • Establish timeline and process for proposal production
  • Alert the project team to specific requirements, program priorities, and competition limitations
  • Coordinate assignments and track specific sections for development by team members
  • Communicate with project and proposal coordinators at collaborating institutions
  • Organize requests for internal and external support letters, identify needed technical services, and arrange peer review
  • Coordinate with Office of Research Administration to ensure on-time submission


Proposal Production Services

  • Edit technical and non-technical sections, prepare transition materials, synthesize them into a coherent whole
  • Develop budget forms in collaboration with departmental/school staff
  • Identify proposal sections to be strengthened by external expertise (e.g., statistical design, undergraduate student research opportunities, economic impact, assessment strategies)
  • Assemble final grant package (electronic and/or paper)