Proposal Development Resources

In a research-intensive institution of higher education like Duke, writing and submitting grants is an essential part of faculty life. Unfortunately, getting extramural funding is becoming more and more competitive, and it is often difficult for a faculty member to keep up with the ever-changing guidelines and requirements of federal sponsoring agencies, particularly for complex, interdisciplinary proposals that have several components and people involved. The OCRD is here to help Duke faculty and their research teams develop proposals of the highest quality before they are submitted. Proposal development can include: 

  • Consultations to customize proposal development needs. Request a consultation at
  • Access to grant writing toolkits
  • Scientific review options
  • Coordination with agency POs and other Duke staff and resources on campus
  • Multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional proposals

OCRD can assist from early to final stages of proposal development, tailoring to your proposal development needs. Here are some examples of services in each stage:

Early Stages

  • Discuss funding opportunities
  • Conceptualize project
  • Timelines/checklists

Middle Stages

Final Stages