RSP recognizes that all documents prepared as part of a submission to an agency will undergo close scrutiny and ultimately affect whether the application is selected for funding. To meet this need, RSP staff will review the documents provided and offer helpful suggestions to enhance the competitiveness of an application.
Funding agencies expect clearly written applications with a defined goal or achievable objective woven into the provided documents. Funders assess both the capability of the project team to complete the work and the organization’s ability to provide an adequate level of support to the research team.
A thorough vetting of the application should be done prior to any submission. Many departments and colleges have existing review processes in place which offer an initial peer review of an application. PIs are also encouraged to utilize the expertise of colleagues during the application process.
All proposals start with a clearly defined and developed idea, concept, or research question one is hoping to explore. The RSP department can assist prospective PIs wishing to develop a proposal. PIs are invited to prepare and forward a one-page Concept Paper outlining their potential project. An outline to assist with the creation of the Concept Paper can be found here.
The completion of this Concept Paper allows RSP staff to respond effectively to the PI's needs and sets the stage for a face-to-face consultation in order to discuss the concept. The Concept Paper can also become a tool for inviting collaborators, interacting with program officers, and may from the foundation from which a proposal application can be written.
RSP encourages anyone wishing to submit an application for extramural support to contact our office at ResearchOffice@IllinoisState.edu
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