Indiana University

Office of the Vice Provost for Research

Proposal Development Services (PDS), in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, enhances the capacity of the IU Bloomington academic community to engage in research. PDS supports individuals and teams by supplementing existing campus and departmental resources throughout the grant development process, including:

Connecting
  • identifying funding sources relevant to researcher interests
  • maintaining resources to help researchers formulate proposal narratives and structure applications
Planning
  • recommending appropriate campus and external resources 
  • analyzing funder priorities and communicating with agencies
Reviewing
  • reviewing and editing proposals for content and structure
  • vetting applications for adherence to guidelines
  • arranging for internal peer review of proposals
Submitting
  • assisting in preparing final applications
  • coordinating with the IU Office of Research Administration
Responding
  • helping researchers evaluate reviewers’ comments and prepare revisions
  • identifying resources to support pre-award site visits by funders

PDS also provides comprehensive project management services to groups preparing more complex proposals, including:

  • convening potential collaborators around shared research interests or funding opportunities such as program project grants, center grants, and training grants
  • identifying funding sources relevant to collaborations and shared research interests
  • coordinating with collaborators, unit staff, and the IU Office of Research Administration
  • facilitating group meetings
  • establishing timelines and processes for proposal production
  • developing budgets with complex planning requirements
  • determining and compiling supplementary or administrative proposal materials