Strategic Proposal Support
Developing large-scale, collaborative proposals for federal funding
As the federal budget allocated to research continues to tighten, it becomes increasingly critical to maximize the competitiveness of every proposal. Although the bulk of federal funding is still allocated to investigator-initiated projects, funding agencies have been encouraging new ways of doing research in recent years, investing in bold new ideas and a more collaborative approach to society’s biggest challenges. Large-scale, interdisciplinary proposals require not only strong scientific leadership, but also substantial strategic and organizational support to pull together the myriad components of such proposals effectively. To be most impactful, this type of support should be engaged early on, from the earliest conceptual stages of formulating ideas and identifying the research team, through the final stages of editing and preparing the proposal for submission.
- Assistance with identifying large-scale, collaborative funding opportunities at federal funding agencies.
- Identifying and building interdisciplinary, collaborative teams at Princeton.
- Project-management support for the proposal process such as organizing meetings, creating proposal-development timelines, milestones, action plans, etc.
- Strategic editing of research components (e.g, develop clear and persuasive narratives that are responsive to the scientific objectives described in the funding announcement, generate well-written documents that conform to agency guidelines, create visually effective and compelling figures).
- Drafting or editing non-technical components of proposals (e.g., project administration, broader impacts, institutional resources and facilities, training plans, community outreach activities, diversity plans).
- Coordinating pre-submission peer reviews of proposal drafts.