Proposal development support for investigators and grant managers spans the proposal lifecycle, from finding funding opportunities to submission. Supported funding mechanisms include federal, foundation, industry, and crowdfunding in all fields of scholarship - humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering. Available guidance includes formulating funding strategies, catalyzing teams, reviewing and interpreting proposal opportunities, understanding compliance requirements, reviewing drafts and providing substantive feedback, preparing budgets, and finalizing proposals for submission.
Three offices provide assistance to researchers needing proposal development. The Office of Research Projects and Administration (ORPA) provides guidance on budgets and proposal submission. The Office of the Dean for Research offers assistance with large multi-investigator federal proposals. Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations assists with foundation, industry and crowdfunded proposals.
PI Status Approvals
Individuals serving in one of several ranks must first receive approval to serve as a principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on a sponsored research proposal for external funding or on a research protocol. Ranks that require approval include visiting faculty, postdocs, professional specialists, visiting research staff, graduate students, certain ranks of professional librarians and all staff appointed through human resources. The PI/co-PI must assume full financial responsibility for the use of the sponsor's funds, authority for the direction of the research, and responsibility for fulfilling the programmatic, management, and other requirements of the sponsoring organization or the governing regulatory authority.
The University provides management of sponsored research funding through the Office of Research and Project Administration and the Office of Finance and Treasury. Services include award negotiation and acceptance, direct costs management, award monitoring, subawards and contracting, property management, reporting, closeouts, and transfers of awards. Step by step guidance for a variety of research accounting topics is available from Sponsored Research Accounting. The negotiation and acceptance of non-funded mechanisms such as data access agreements, memorandums of understanding, and confidentiality agreements are also supported.
Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations offers assistance to principal investigators on how to effectively steward a relationship with foundation or industry partners. Services include advice on preparing and submitting annual and financial reports, final reports, and other correspondence.