Faculty Request for Proposal Development Assistance

The Research and Faculty Development (RFD) team are here to provide assistance with all aspects of proposal development, from finding a source of funding through finalizing and strengthening the proposal documents. 

Please note that all services are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority going to strategically important proposal efforts. We encourage PIs to contact our team as soon as possible to ensure adequate time to fulfil the requests. Timing guidelines are as follows:

  • For large proposals with budgets >$1M (see Level 6), we request notification of your intent to submit a proposal at least 90 days prior to the sponsor deadline.
  • For all other proposals, we request notification of your intent to submit a proposal at least 30 days prior to the sponsor deadline.

Level 1: Funding Search

Assist with funding opportunity searches for a particular project. Allow 2 days per project for completion*.


Level 2: Developing a Concept Paper and Contacting Program Officers

Assist with the development of one-page white papers/concept papers, and a communication strategy for contacting Program Officers to evaluate a project’s programmatic relevance. Allow 2 days for completion*.


Level 3: Resubmission Strategizing

Review and discuss comments from panel reviewers on a submitted proposal, in preparation for developing a resubmission proposal. Allow 3 days for completion*.


Level 4: Proposal Narrative Review

Review the Proposal Narrative document to ensure this section is clearly written, grammatically correct, and responsive to the RFP/solicitation. Time permitting, this may involve more than one round of review/edits. Allow 3 days for completion per round of edits*.


Level 5: Proposal Package Review

Review all proposal documents, with the exception of the budget (OSP will review this), to ensure these are complete, clearly written, grammatically correct, and responsive to the RFP/solicitation. This level of review may be required for limited submission proposals. Allow 5 days for completion*.


Level 6: Support for Large Interdisciplinary Proposals (Budgets >$1M)

Provide assistance with the coordination of proposal development efforts across units/institutions, including project team assembly, creating workflow calendars, managing the collection of proposal documents from team members (e.g., biographical sketches), and editing the proposal documents to ensure consistency between author contributions and responsiveness to the RFP/solicitation. Time to completion of this task will vary depending on the nature of the request.

*During times of high volume, additional time may be required for completion of these services.