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taking a research idea from inception to submission

Refine your research idea, share it effectively with a program officer, and develop and submit a competitive proposal with these resources.

Concept Papers and Program Officer Engagement

Resources for developing an impactful concept paper and specific aims statement, getting constructive feedback, and how to best position your research idea for a competitive submission.

Crafting a Competitive Proposal

Craft a competitive proposal: resources for broader impacts, postdoctoral mentoring plans, data management plans, and how to get external reviews on your proposal before submission.

External Review Request Form (DOCX)

Request an external review before reaching out to the agency to improve your proposal. Complete the form and mail to

OSP Pre-Award

Submit your proposal via the Office of Sponsored Programs' Pre-Award Services.