Proposal Development

Technical and Skilled Proposal Development Support for
Investigators at
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Proposal Development (PD) at BU School of Medicine serves to assist faculty and principal investigators in developing competitive proposals through providing:

  • Technical and skilled administrative support to faculty and principal investigators at Chobanian & Avedisian SOM: PD supports researchers by leading the development of the administrative components of the proposal preparation process, allowing researchers to devote their time and energy to writing competitive scientific narratives.
  • Grant Strategy Services: PD helps investigators develop and refine their proposals through coaching and editing services. Our goal is to work with faculty to craft clear and compelling scientific narratives and position their grants for successful funding outcomes.
  • Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Faculty Writing Groups: In collaboration with the Associate Dean of Research Office, the Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs Office, and the Department of Medical Sciences and Education, PD facilitates training to help faculty learn to effectively communicate their research to funders. We are currently recruiting junior faculty with Early Stage Investigator status or English-language difficulties for new P2P groups. 


Administrative Proposal Preparation:

BU as Sub-Award to Outside Institution at least 2 weeks’ notice
BU as Prime/Submitting Institution at least 4 weeks’ notice
BU as Prime/Submitting Institution with 2 or more Sub-Awards at least 6-8 weeks’ notice
BU as Prime/Submitting Institution for Complex/Multi-PI Project Mechanism at least 8 weeks’ notice
BU as Prime/Submitting Institution for a Federal Contract notify as soon as discussions begin!

Scientific Narrative: Assistance focused on Specific Aims and Research Strategy. Provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Copyediting and proofreading at least 1 week’s notice
Provide critical feedback at least 1 month’s notice
Consult on overall grant writing process at least 4 months’ notice, preferably 6 months
Help with a resubmission at least 2 months’ notice, preferably 3 months
Respond with internal consistency on a large/multi-PI grant at least 6 months’ notice