The PDO’s strives to provide researchers and research teams with the support needed to submit well-written, organized, competitive proposals to secure funding for their activities. We offer our proposal development services to individual researchers, small teams, and large teams, including NCSA staff and affiliated faculty. We encourage researchers to contact us as early as possible in the process so we can meet their needs in the most efficient and effective way.
Our core services include:
Submit an online request for support using our Proposal Commencement Tool* as early in the process as possible with as much information as you have. More details can be added as you have them.
*Please note: Our Proposal Commencement Tool is only available to NCSA staff and affiliated researchers. If you are unable to access the tool, contact the PDO directly to ask about submitting a request for support.
PDO staff are also available to provide supplemental support beyond our core services. This support requires additional time, which can impact internal deadlines. Contact the PDO as early in the process as possible to make sure we have enough time to provide all the support we can.
PDO staff are here to help you develop detailed budgets and re-budgets for projects of any duration and will collaborate with you as the details about a particular project change over time. As you start thinking about what elements your proposal budget will include, consider the following categories of expenditures.
You do not need to know all the details of an expected budget before you make a request for help. Let the PDO help ask the useful questions to fill out the specifics. We are happy to provide multiple drafts and help you work through options.
The PDO provides information, guidance, and administrative support to help researchers complete supplemental documents and meet federal, state, and university rules and policies governing research effectively and efficiently. We also maintain contacts with University staff who can provide further expertise and answer specific questions.
Need help with a proposal?
Contact the Proposal Development Office for help in planning for future proposals or developing and submitting a current one.