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Prepare a Proposal

You have a great idea for a research project and want to secure external funding to support your work.

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 your great idea. 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 great idea with a potential funder.

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 potential funders.

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


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"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