Large and Complex Proposals

The Research Development Support (RDS) team works on proposals across all fields of research that are too complex for a single faculty member, department, or division. Including large-scale funding proposals, such as center grants, or proposals to uncommon funding agencies, such as DARPA.

Please contact RDS for more information or to schedule a consultation.

Support Services

  • Project Management (Monitor progress and notify team members of action items and deadlines)
  • Proposal Development
  • Red Team Reviews
  • Editing & Review Services
  • Identify Collaborators
  • Facilitate Team Communication
  • Coordinate Team Meetings
  • Identify and Leverage Existing University Resources for Proposal (URA, OCE)
  • Peer University Analysis (Benchmarking research)
  • Project Timeline & Proposal Application Checklist
  • Develop Roles and Responsibilities Framework
  • Facilitate Institutional Support (obtaining letters of support, financial matching)
  • Assistance Determining Likelihood of Proposal Success
  • Identify Additional/subsequent Funding Opportunities
  • Identify Mechanism to Maintain Momentum Post-submission
  • Federal Site Visits
  • Program Officer Relationship Development (on campus or in DC)
  • Recommend Education Assessment
  • Connecting to Broader Impact Resources
  • Recommendations for External Grant Writing Support


Center Grant Funding Opportunities:

The University of Chicago (via URA) is excited to offer unlimited access to ProQuest’s Pivot database to help faculty and other researchers, staff members, and students find funding opportunities and potential collaborators for research and scholarly endeavors. The Pivot database is updated daily and provides information about billions of dollars in funding opportunities from federal, non-federal, foundation, corporate, and other private sponsors across all disciplines.

To set up an account and start searching today, click and sign in with your UChicago credentials (CNetID or UCHADID). After you enter your name and UChicago email address, click through the confirmation email that is sent to you.


Common Center Grant Funding Opportunities

I/UCRC – Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program
MRSEC – Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers
ERC – Engineering Research Centers
PFC – Physics Frontiers Centers
CCI – Centers for Chemical Innovation
CREST – Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology
EEC – Engineering Education and Centers
STC – Science and Technology Centers
RCN – Research Coordination Networks

NIH Series
P20- Exploratory Grants (Planning grants for large multi-project programs)
P30- Center Core Grants
P50- Specialized Center