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Prepare a Proposal

You have a great idea for a research project. You want to build your team and then seek external funding to support your work.

How do you strategically and efficiently transform your idea into a high quality, competitive research project?

And once you've developed your project, would you rather prepare a 30+ page application package or a 2-page concept paper?

Funders want to support excellent research and it doesn’t really matter how they find out about it. Roughly 50% of National Science Foundation and 80% of National Institutes of Health funding is awarded through unsolicited, investigator-initiated proposals.

As these data suggest, there’s no need to wait until a formal call for proposals is announced to share your project with a potential funder. Click on the Develop Your Research Idea button to prepare an unsolicited proposal.

Please visit this section of the ORSP website often as new content will continue to be added.


Start with Develop Your Research Idea to review detailed, time-saving strategies and templates for transforming your great idea into a research project and putting that idea in front of targeted funders for immediate feedback.


"As a 'junior faculty member' the process of seeking grants seems ominous. Stephanie's kind words, support of my work, and clarity on preparing proposals gives me confidence. Additionally, the detailed advice on content and RFP requirements shows Stephanie's desire to enhance the capacity of her colleagues to secure external funding. It's always a pleasure to work with her."

Dr. Stephen Ciullo, Assistant Professor

Department of Curriculum & Instruction

Support for developing your research idea is available every step of the way!

Contact: Stephanie A. Korcheck, Research Coordinator for Proposal Development

Office: ED 2136

Phone: 512.245.2041

Email: sk18@txstate.edu

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