Within the Office of Sponsored Programs, the Proposal Development Specialist (PDS) works with the campus to expand opportunities in UNCG’s research environment. Because multidisciplinary initiatives may face unique challenges, the PDS provides additional support to help faculty develop large-scale proposals and programs. Rather than a “one size fits all” approach, the PDS provides tailors their support to the unique needs of each project; examples are outlined below. The PDS will work on smaller single investigator proposals, as time allows.
IDENTIFY FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
New funding opportunities are constantly released by funding agencies. The PDS monitors these opportunities for potential fit with the expertise of UNCG faculty, then distributes these accordingly.
FACILITATE PRELIMINARY MEETINGS
The PDS will help to identify and set up meetings with potential collaborators and handle all the logistics, including scheduling participants and meeting rooms. To help frame initial discussions, the PDS can also provide materials such as handouts and multimedia presentations covering specific opportunities and topics.
IDENTIFY POTENTIAL COLLABORATORS
The PDS will explore strategies for forming research teams across traditional disciplinary boundaries and institutions. The PDS helps identify researchers whose expertise and interests are likely to help an individual pursue problems on a scale requiring numerous investigators.
ASSESS PROJECT FIT WITH OPPORTUNITY
By carefully reviewing your proposal in terms of the agency’s criteria, The PDS will explore ways to ensure that your submission suits the agency’s mission and that your objectives match the sponsor’s.
REVIEW PROPOSAL DRAFTS
To help ensure that multidisciplinary proposals are well-focused, well-written, and competitive, the PDS will critique drafts for substance, effectiveness, form, clarity, and stylistic consistency. Each section of the proposal (e.g., methods, evaluation, and budget) is considered in detail for consistency with agency guidelines.
PROVIDE SUCCESSFUL PROPOSAL MODELS
The PDS will identify previously funded proposals, request permission of the original principal investigators, and can provide these as an example for new proposals. The PDS will make every effort to provide funded proposals whose characteristics most closely match the particular funding opportunity.
COMMUNICATE WITH SPONSORS
OSP will help locate agency contacts for you-individuals who are key to building interest in a project with potential sponsors and who may ultimately influence funding decisions. While it is critical that principal investigators develop personal rapport with potential funders, we often confer with the program officers and grants management staff about specific questions
HELP BUILD INTER-INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERSHIPS
The OSP will assist you in locating potential collaborators at any of the other institutions. We maintain close ties with our systemwide counterparts and frequently consult about specific opportunities that lend themselves to inter-institutional collaborations. In addition, UNC General Administration also supports a variety of funding programs that encourage cross-UNC interactions. The OSP can also be instrumental in identifying collaborators from other universities for projects of mutual interest.
For assistance with Proposal Development please contact: Aubrey Turner, firstname.lastname@example.org, 336-334-4920