Proposal Development

All proposals to federal, state, or private agencies by faculty and staff of WVU must be processed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Information Technology Services unveiled WVU+kc and have been phasing the roll-out. As of January 15, 2016, the Electronic Blue Sheet (EBS) will retire to be replaced by kc-BlueSheet. There have been a number of in-person training sessions of this new module of WVU+kc offered across campus and a limited number of training sessions will continue.

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Proposals submitted at least FIVE WORKING DAYS PRIOR to an agency deadline will receive a complete review by OSP staff. Proposals received less than five working days before the agency deadline will be submitted, but are unlikely to receive a thorough review by OSP staff. All proposal budgets must include the latest Facilities and Administration and Fringe Benefit Rates and the OSP FAQ addresses the most commonly asked questions by faculty.

To assist faculty and staff with the development of competitive proposals. WVU offers a number of proposal development programs.

Pre-submission Proposal Review Program: Faculty can submit their proposals 1 month or more before the due date to receive a professional, external review. The reviewers are selected from a national pool in the specific research area and are experts in their fields. Reviewers receive an honorarium for their work. Reviews are completed in 1-2 weeks and the principal investigator then has time to revise their proposal based on the feedback.

Grant Writing Workshops include the options to participate in an annual day-long seminar with a nationally-respected external consulting agency and a four-month intensive program to work one-on-one with a professional grant writer.

NSF CAREER Proposals Annual Workshop is an afternoon panel-format seminar in which past recipients of NSF and other agency Early Career Awards provide perspectives and advice for succeeding with these proposals. Associate Deans for Research in every WVU College have a repository of winning NSF CAREER proposals that can be reviewed by faculty in their respective colleges. The next workshop will be on April 28th, 2015 at 3 PM.