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Where might I look for funding?
- The OGCA Data Warehouse (JOL) is an on-line resource that can be used to create a custom report listing individual faculty member's awards, including status of proposals and awards, as well as reports of proposal and award activity for major budgetary units. LOGIN to JOL
- The Research and Engagement Office maintains an online list of internal and external funding resources that provides investigators with opportunities to find funding for research activities.
- The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations assists faculty in acquiring funding from private sources.
Who can help with multi-partner applications?
The Office of Research Development and Engagement offers workshops for faculty on many aspects of grant proposal development and post-award support. ORD staff can assist you in developing both large multi-partner grant applications or individual research grant proposals.
How do I request a pre-review of my draft research grant proposal?
CNS Research Review Council
The CNS Grant Proposal Review Program provides CNS investigators with the opportunity to receive review and feedback on their federal grant proposal in advance of submission to the sponsor. A select group of CNS accomplished scientists, the CNS Research Review Council, will review proposal drafts and provide useful feedback regarding its strengths and weaknesses. The CNS Research Review Council are experienced scientists, knowledgeable about and confident in particular funding mechanisms by having served on panels, or as program officers, and/or by successfully receiving federal funding.
Proposals are assigned to at least two reviewers, who are not necessarily in the investigators specific discipline but have a general familiarity with the area of research. Reviewers will provide a critical evaluation of your proposal, looking broadly at good grantsmanship, as well as at your idea and scope. Feedback will consist of an overall summary of reviewers’ comments, and specific annotations on your draft. The critique will be sent via email within 2 weeks of the review.
- To initiate the process, a request for review must be sent at least 8 weeks prior to federal deadline to Wendy Varner, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Confirmation and further details will follow.
- Draft proposal will be due at least 5 weeks prior to federal deadlines to the review committee.
- Research Review Council Members
Research Writing Groups
Faculty facing the daunting process of writing a grant proposal, may benefit from the peer support and accountability of a writing group:
- The Center for Research on Families (CRF) selects six faculty each year to participate in an intensive grant writing program which provides faculty with time, technical expertise, peer mentorship, and national expert consultation. Family research encompasses all disciplines and is broadly defined. CRF Application information
- Writing Groups – Throughout the college, faculty within departments have organized small writing groups for specific funding ‘calls’ or for the purpose of peer support, sharing research ideas, and reading proposal drafts. Inquire within your department for existing research writing group opportunities, or contact email@example.com.
- The Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development (TEFD) supports the professional development of faculty across all career stages and disciplines with a wide range of programs and resources including scholarly writing. For general inquiries email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where are resources for developing my methodology or receiving statistical consultation?
- The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers fee based Statistical Consultation and Collaboration services provided by faculty and students.
- CRF's Methodology Program provides free statistical consulting for your research project. Expertise includes: Hierarchical Linear Models; Structural Equation Models; (Missing) Data; Longitudinal Analysis and more. Email email@example.com for more information.
What should I consider as I develop my grant?
If you are new to the proposal writing and submission process, we recommend scheduling a brief individual meeting with Wendy Varner, Director of Faculty Development Programs, firstname.lastname@example.org, to discuss an overview of the timing and steps required.
Contacting Program Officers
Contacting the program officer of a funding institution is often recommended. Here are useful suggestions:
- Principal Investigators Association: How to Develop a Beneficial Dialogue with a Program Officer.
- Program Officer Visit Guidance (from the University of Nebraska Office of Research and Economic Development): Guide for a Successful Visit to a Funding Agency
CNS Travel Funding
- Pre-tenure CNS faculty may apply for funds to cover up to $800 of travel costs to visit relevant program officers before submission of a research grant application. In advance of their visit, mentors will provide guidance on what to expect; a short report evaluating the sponsored travel is required. To apply please submit the Pre-tenure Travel Request Form to Sally Powers, Associate Dean, c/o Amanda Leigh-Hawkins (email@example.com).
Are there resources for developing particular components of my proposal?
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and other federal research agencies are increasingly emphasizing the need to demonstrate both the “intellectual merit” of proposed research as well as the “broader impacts.”
- UMass Office of Research Development has many resources and on campus examples to help you develop your “Broader impacts”.
- Community Connections: CNS has many programs which encourage science engagement in order to advance discovery, promote teaching and learning, broaden participation of underrepresented groups, and disseminate findings widely.
- Broader Impacts Tips is a great resource for understanding and addressing the NSF Broader Impacts section.
Compliance Policies and Cost Sharing Procedures
- Indirect cost waivers and reductions
- Cost sharing procedures
- Research Compliance (Animal Subjects, Human Subjects, Research Ethics, Research Safety, and Export Controls)
Grant Proposal Tips and Templates
These are helpful for developing a grant proposal:
- Workplan – This worksheet will help you plan how long you will need for developing your grant proposal
- Facilities – This provides useful descriptions of CNS, its buildings, facilities and research centers
- Budget– tools to help you in the early stages of thinking how much you need for your project
- Accompanying NIH and NSF Forms that you can prepare in advance of your full proposal: