Frequently Asked Questions
The following FAQs are provided to address commonly asked questions from researchers about Research Development. Select question to see answer.
Rights and Responsibilities
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
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 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.
We have four Facilities and Resources templates that provide information on research and education resources for each of the colleges at FAU:
Our office also maintains a variety of templates for NIH and NSF proposals.
- I-HeAL and I-SENSE descriptions,
- Core facilities available through the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and Scripps Florida.
- Letter of Intent
- Cover Letter
- Budget Justifications
- Subcontract Letter
- Consultant Letter
- General formatting instructions
- Biographical Sketch(es)
- Current and Pending Funding
- Data Management Plans
- Letters of Collaboration
- Postdoctoral Researcher Mentoring Plan
- Broader Impact Activities
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.
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.