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Proposal Development Support

Christy Sandy, the CALS proposal developer, assists faculty with proposal planning and development. She has proposal development resources available for all faculty and will assist in any proposal, time permitting.

Christy focuses on two areas:

  1. Supporting large interdisciplinary proposals
  2. Working with early-career faculty who have little experience writing competitive grant proposals

Christy works closely with the NC State Proposal Development Unit (PDU) and the pre-award consultants in the CALS Contracts and Grants Office.

Services Provided

Pre-Proposal Activities

  • Brainstorming: Is a project a good fit?  Is it aligned with CALS/NC State strategic priorities? Is the necessary expertise available? Are appropriate facilities available?
  • Facilitate team science by encouraging interdisciplinary and multi-institutional research.
  • Assist with InfoEd profile setup and training.
  • Assist with identifying and analyzing funding opportunities: Is the donor a good fit for NC State, CALS, and the PI? Is there a history of funding? Is there enough time to develop a competitive proposal? Is the match feasible?
  • Facilitate conversations with funding program directors.

Proposal Development Activities

  • Read & “interpret” RFP.
  • Provide project management services including timelines, meeting planning, agendas, document tracking, editing, and budget review.
  • Provide “eye-on-the-ball” big picture perspective: RFP alignment, logical proposal development, ensure all aspects of RFP are addressed.
  • Non-technical writing and editorial feedback.
  • Provide administrative support: collect and compile institutional data, cost sharing documents, letters of support and commitment, current/pending, and biographies, etc.
  • Serve as a liaison with the CALS Office of Contracts and Grants, PDU, and SPARCS.

Online Training Tools and Templates

Proposal Templates

Use these templates to develop and manage your proposals.FAQs

PI Initial Proposal Development Meeting

Team Meeting Agenda

Timeline Template and Sample

Calendar Template

Document Management: Naming Protocol

CALS Budget Template

CALS Budget Justification Template

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment to discuss a concept, funding, or active proposal, contact:

Christy Sandy, Proposal Developer
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
203A Patterson Hall