Proposal Development Award

The OVPR offers a competitive award to provide faculty with one-on-one assistance in implementing the techniques and timeline for grant preparation presented in the Grant Writing Seminar.

About the Proposal Development Award

  • The award period is eight to nine months.
  • Throughout the award period, expert consultation is provided by Skype, phone, email, and written commentary.
  • Strict timelines and deliverables for both the faculty and the consultant are observed.
  • Upon completion, awardees will have a fully-developed peer-reviewed proposal that is ready for submission to a funding agency.


Full-time, tenure-track faculty members are eligible for the Proposal Development Award.

Completion of the Grant Writing Seminar is a prerequisite for the Proposal Development Award.

Self-nomination/Application Process

Faculty who are interested in participating in the program must submit a self-nomination. The self-nomination consists of an email sent to the grant-writing consultant, Dr. Peg AtKisson, at with a CC to Blake Thomas at There is no application form or pre-proposal required at this stage, only a short email indicating a desire to participate is required.

After the self-nomination deadline has passed, Dr. AtKisson will send each applicant a set of instructions for completing a full application to the program. The full application will consist of a biographical sketch and an overview and significance section for the grant to which the applicant ultimately wishes to apply. That application will be due to Dr. AtKisson by July 28.

Selected candidates will be notified by Aug. 2 and all candidates, whether selected for participation or not, will receive feedback on their applications. Spaces in the program are limited and will be awarded based upon the evaluation of each candidate's application.


The self-nomination email is due by Friday, May 26.