SPH Proposal Development
Our faculty has a diverse portfolio of research, training, and service projects and equally diverse funding sources, including non-profit, federal and local government sources. Prior to submission of their proposals, faculty are encouraged to utilize a number of techniques and resources for developing proposal.
Forming think tanks are one of the mechanisms faculty may use when developing their proposal. Think tanks usually include several faculty members, who are themselves active researchers. This group- with the faculty member- acts as a creative team which may brainstorm the direction of the research, review background and aims, or discuss dissemination methods. To foster "idea" conceptualization of a proposal, a think tank may be conducted within the faculty's unit or, for multi-disciplinary proposals, coordinated with the Associate Dean of Research.
Think tanks may be used to facilitate strategic planning at any stage of the research development process, especially for investigator initiated grants (i.e. R01s). They may be held to brainstorm the direction of a proposal or how to respond to an RFP. They can be held in stages-more than one think tank may be held on the road to proposal submission. Faculty members who are new to grant writing are encouraged to utilize a think tank after they have drafted the introduction and specific aims, but prior to the mock reviews described below. In addition to research proposals, think tanks may be organized to review data and develop plans for publications and presentations.
Mock scientific peer reviews are encouraged as it simulates the review process that will be conducted at a funding agency, particularly NIH. Peer review serves to provide feedback that will increase the likelihood that the proposal will be successful/competitive during an outside review. This intellectual interchange serves to strengthen the application scientifically. The SPH Review Advisory Board-a multidisciplinary team- is available to conduct these mock scientific peer reviews.
In organizing the proposal for submission, faculty have the option of having their proposals developed within their unit or utilizing the SPH Office of Research Services (ORS). This office provides pre-award expertise- assisting faculty with the logistical and technical support needed while developing their proposals. Additionally, ORS makes available various grant-related templates (e.g. budget, standard letters, consortium agreements, resources and environment, etc.), educational resources and training materials to assist the investigator.
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