The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) assists faculty in developing successful grant proposals to support research and special projects. This includes identifying grant opportunities, fostering collaborations internally and with external resources, developing proposals that meet all guidelines and present a compelling case for funding. More specifically, the ORSP helps in the analysis of the mission of the funding agency as well as the targeted grant opportunity, developing strategic goals and objectives based on a research idea and the funding agency’s mission, contact with agency officials, improving professional writing and formatting skills for a successful grant proposal, developing evaluation plans, and preparing budgets.
Typical activities when developing a grant:
To initiate the process, faculty members develop an executive summary of their research idea (see below) and submit to the ORSP. The ORSP staff researches possible funding sources that match the faculty idea and supports the faculty in grant development as needed. This support ranges from merely helping with budget and editing to a complete grant write. Typically, faculty new to the grant process request more support to be able to produce a successful proposal.
Executive Summary Requirements
Provide narrative overview of project you want funded. (No longer than one paragraph/page.)
Include: Topic, objectives, research questions to be explored and their potential impact, significance to the university
Submit to Kaylee McIlveene, via email, at Kaylee.McIlveene@tamuc.edu
Classes and workshops for proposal development are available in the spring of each year. The announcement of the date will be made available in the fall of the year prior to the workshop series.
The purpose of the workshop is to provide faculty members who have not previously been a primary investigator/director on an externally funded project the time and close guidance to develop a competitive proposal for external funding.
The participants will complete a full proposal by the end of the semester-long workshop and have until the summer of the following year to submit the proposal to an appropriate external sponsor/grant program that was selected during the workshop.
A course release is necessary in order to complete all of the assignments in the workshop.