About Us

Our Mission

The Proposal Development Office helps faculty members and teams from across the School of Medicine develop high-quality grant proposals and secure research funding. Partnering with faculty, staff, and administrators, our mission is to:

  • Train and support assistant professors preparing their first major research grant proposal
  • Foster interdisciplinary research among School of Medicine faculty members and ensure the long-term sustainability of collaborations through research funding
  • Coordinate and support investigative teams preparing center or other complex grant proposals
  • Lead initiatives that increase institutional competitiveness and enable strategic research growth


Our vision is to empower growth of the research enterprise of the School of Medicine and to help fuel discovery and innovation that advances human health.

Currently, the Proposal Development Office supports the following types of proposals:

  • Large (>$1M direct costs per year), complex, multi-investigator grant applications such as program project or center grants, e.g., NIH P01, P30, P50, and U19 grant applications.
  • Applications related to Dean’s and University initiatives
  • Junior faculty writing their first major research project grants, e.g., NIH R01 grants.

Our services are open to all faculty members in the School of Medicine. Examples of the services we provide include:

  • Identifying funding opportunities
  • Help understanding sponsor priorities and submission requirements
  • Developing a proposal submission timeline
  • Reviewing and editing proposal documents
  • Formatting text and figures
  • Project management and coordination for large, complex multi-investigator grants
  • Providing templates and examples of administrative sections (e.g., facilities, etc.)
  • Collecting letters of support, biosketches, etc.
  • Analyzing proposal critiques and providing strategic advice on proposal resubmission

The Proposal Development Office is based in the School of Medicine Research Office.