Proposal Development Support

The PDO team is fully funded by the School of Medicine Research Office. Our services are free to School of Medicine PIs and available on a first come, first served basis. We are an additional and optional resource focused on enabling PIs to develop high-quality grant proposals and secure research funding.

PIs Pursuing Large or Complex Grants

The PDO provides proposal development support to School of Medicine PIs and investigative teams pursuing large or complex grants. We provide support tailored to the unique needs of large grant proposals with the goal of increasing proposal competitiveness and decreasing the administrative burden of application preparation. Support for large grants includes: 

  • Managing the proposal preparation process
  • Coordinating document sharing and version control¬†
  • Writing non-technical proposal sections
  • Drafting letters of support and routing for signature
  • Facilitating discussions about institutional support for the proposed Program or Center
  • Helping fill gaps in administrative support to ensure a smooth proposal preparation process
  • Coordinating expert proposal reviews

Early-Career Faculty

The PDO provides proposal development support to School of Medicine assistant professors submitting research projects grants (e.g., an NIH R01 or similar) with the goal of increasing proposal quality and competitiveness. We tailor our support to the needs of individuals PIs. The types of proposal development support that we most commonly provide include:

  • Identifying potential funding opportunities
  • Interpreting sponsor priorities and submission requirements
  • Providing expert consultation on proposal strategy and responsiveness
  • Creating a proposal submission plan and timeline
  • Providing templates and examples of administrative sections (e.g., Facilities and Other Resources)
  • Reviewing and editing science documents
  • Editing administrative documents (e.g., biosketches) to maximize effectiveness
  • Formatting text and figures to improve the visual appeal of submitted proposals
  • Analyzing proposal critiques and providing strategic advice on proposal resubmission

Grant Writing Workshops

The PDO is available to present grant writing workshops on request. Please reach out to us to request a workshop for your unit. Examples of previous workshops we have presented include:

  • Applying for Grants at Stanford
  • Preparing the Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information Form for NIH Grants
  • Issues Preparing Budgets in Grant Proposals
  • NIH Mock Study Section

In addition, the PDO contributes to the Stanford Route to Getting Grants (R2G2) seminar series. R2G2 is a collaboratively organized monthly seminar series specially designed for junior faculty. Sessions cover all aspects of grant writing, delivered through panel sessions, workshops and focused talks. More information is available here.

Please reach out to the PDO to discuss support for your proposal. We will develop a support plan based on the unique needs of your team. Typically, we can offer more comprehensive support if you contact us early in the proposal planning process.