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Frequently Asked Questions

The following FAQs are provided to address commonly asked questions from researchers about Research Development. Select question to see answer.



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How can I learn about funding opportunities?

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If an investigator would like further assistance with identifying relevant funding opportunities, then he/she may contact our office for individualized searches and support.

Are resources available to assist me with locating potential collaborators?

If investigators would like to identify their own collaborators, one important resource in Florida is ExpertNet.org. For further assistance with collaborators, since our office assists investigators from departments/colleges across the university, we are familiar with areas of expertise and are happy to help establish inter-university collaborations.  Our office is also involved in a consortium of universities from S. Florida, as well as active in national organizations, so assistance with identifying external collaborations is also a possibility.

Does the Research Development Office offer large multi-component application assistance?

Yes, for large multi-component applications, our office may provide support.  We can help to establish collaborations inside and outside the university.  We might also contribute some limited material for “boilerplate” sections of multi-component proposals, such as NSF Broader Impacts and Data Management Plans.

Does the Research Development Office offer workshops?

Yes, our office offers a number of workshops on a variety of topics (such as grant writing, NIH proposals, NSF Broader Impacts, etc.) for investigators at various stages in their careers.

Does the Research Development Office write proposals?

No, our office will not write grant proposals; investigators are responsible for writing their own proposals. However, our office does provide editing assistance to strengthen the use of argumentation, logic and evidence in a proposal; we will also proofread for grammar and syntax errors.

Does the Research Development Office provide templates?

Yes, we provide a variety of templates for common proposal sections that investigators may use.
Our office also maintains a variety of templates for NIH and NSF proposals.
NIH proposals
  • Letter of Intent
  • Cover Letter
  • Budget Justifications
  • Subcontract Letter
  • Consultant Letter
NSF proposals
  • General formatting instructions
  • Biographical Sketch(es)
  • Current and Pending Funding
  • Data Management Plans
  • Letters of Collaboration
  • Postdoctoral Researcher Mentoring Plan
  • Broader Impact Activities

Will your office provide support for preparing proposal forms, compiling budgets or completing information on GrantsERA?

No, our office is focused on strengthening the quality of a proposal’s argument. Other proposal components, such as forms, budgets and GrantsERA support, are available through an investigator’s college or through FAU’s Sponsored Programs Office.


At what stage in the proposal process should an investigator contact your office?

Our office offers services that help investigators create and build proposals. So, it is usually most helpful to investigators to contact our office early on in the proposal process. We can assist investigators with establishing collaborations, brainstorming ideas, and editing/fine tuning their writing. We can also help determine if a faculty member and/or the University is eligible to apply to a particular solicitation.

Do you have a particular deadline before the proposal due date by when investigators should contact your office?

We recommend that investigators contact our office at least 2 weeks before a proposal is due (if not earlier than that). However, there is no definite internal deadline for our office (please note that there is an internal deadline for the Sponsored Programs Office (For more information, please see submission policy. Please keep in mind that the closer to the proposal deadline, the degree of possible services that our office will be able to offer will diminish and in some cases no proposal support will be possible.

Rights and Responsibilities

Will my proposal ideas be kept confidential?

Absolutely. We will always keep investigator proposals confidential and will not share with anyone else (including, and especially, other investigators). In the very rare circumstance that an investigator may want a copy of a proposal, we will instruct such investigator to seek out proposal examples from his/her colleagues directly.

Do I need to share my proposal reviews (after evaluation by the sponsor) with your office?

No, proposal reviews always belong to the investigators involved in a proposal and there is no requirement to share with us. Yet, if an investigator(s) is seeking to re-submit a proposal, we may ask that investigator(s) to share a copy of his/her/their proposal review with us in order to help improve the quality of the resubmission. It is often helpful, when providing feedback on a resubmission proposal, to keep the reviewers’ prior evaluations in mind. However, there is no requirement for investigators to provide their reviews.

Will you check my proposal against the sponsor’s guidelines?

As part of our effort to ensure that the best possible proposals are prepared, we will generally familiarize ourselves with proposal guidelines and point out any areas of inconsistency. However, it is ultimately an investigator’s responsibility to ensure that his/her proposal is in compliance with sponsor guidelines.


 Last Modified 3/12/19