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Proposal Development Unit

Research Development Office
Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development 

(Available for proposals ≥$1,000,000)
  • Consultation on proposal strategy
  • Project team meeting facilitation to clarify project goals, implementation plans, & budgets
  • Management of proposal schedule & communications
  • Identification of additional faculty expertise & resources
  • Planning & writing non-technical portions of the proposal
  • Institutional data acquisition
  • Proposal editing & formatting
  • Budget/justification preparation (including coordination of subcontract budgets) & submission for college research office approval
  • Advice on cost sharing agreements
  • Collection & formatting of CVs, current & pending support forms, & other information required from each participating researcher
  • Drafting of letters of support/commitment for NCSU & partner organization officials
  • Preparation of PINS,, NSF FastLane, etc.
  • Site visit preparation & proposal workshop logistics

Looking for PDU assistance on your next proposal? Fill out the Form at 

PDU-Assisted Proposals Funded in FY 16-17

Every year the PDU has the privilege of working on proposals with amazing faculty across campus. While a few of those proposals are still pending a decision, we are happy to report that approximately $32.8 million has been awarded to PDU-assisted proposals from last fiscal year. The PDU would like to extend our congratulations to those funded teams:

  • Team Maize Hopper. Anna Whitfield (PI), Dorith Rotenberg, Marce Lorenzen, Max Scott, Timmy Sit, Peter Balint-Kurti (Co-PIs). Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. $10,231,339. 
  • Southeast Climate Science Center. Dr. Nick Haddad (PI), Harry Daniels, Steven Frank, Robert Dunn, Nils Peterson, Erin Seekamp, Sankarasubraman Arumugam, Jamian Pacifici, Holly Menninger, Ryan Emanuel (Co-PIs). United States Geological Survey. $6,533,038. 
  • Restoring Ecosystems and Biodiversity through Development of Safe and Effective Gene Drive Technologies. John Godwin (PI), Chase Beisel, Alun Lloyd, Max Scott, Jason Delborne, Jennifer Kuzma (Co-PIs). Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. $6,450,208
  • The National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL). Ruben Carbonell (PI). National Institute of Standards and Technology. $3,963,114. 
  • MRI: Acquisition of a Transmission Electron Microscope for In-situ Studies of Soft and Hard Matter. James LeBeau (PI), Dean Hesterberg, Ashley Brown, Veronica Augustyn, Elizabeth Dickey (Co-PIs). National Science Foundation. $2,399,137. 
  • Using Real-Time Multichannel Self-Regulated Learning Data to Enhance Student Learning and Teachers’ Decision-Making with MetaDash. Roger Azevedo (PI), Min Chi, Soonhye Park (Co-PIs). National Science Foundation. $1,499,792. 
  • Scale-up of Technologies for Delivering Efficient Local Thermal Amenities. Behnam Pourdeyhimi (PI), Benoit Maze (Co-PI). Department of Energy. $822,651. 
  • RCN: Smart Civic Engagement in Rapidly Urbanizing Regions. Ross Meentemeyer (PI), Helena Mitasova (Co-PI). National Science Foundation. $499,847.
  • PhotonicLED Nonwovens. Behnam Pourdeyhimi (PI), Benoit Maze (Co-PI). Advanced Functional Fabrics of America. $361,160. 
  • Smart Management of Water Resources and Infrastructure with the Internet of Things. Emily Berglund (PI), Gnanamanikam Mahinthakumar (Co-PI). University of North Carolina - General Administration. $75,000.
The PDU offers both full and customized services to help faculty develop proposals.
If you'd like the PDU to assist your proposal team, engage us early in the process by filling out our service request form here

Access PDU Resources Online

If you haven’t had the chance to visit the PDU’s intranet site, you may not realize that there’s an entire page dedicated to proposal development resources.

Click on “Learn More” below Proposal Development Resources to access resources such as templates, timelines, and advice from past award winners for NSF’s Career program; an entire section dedicated to broader impacts; various funding agency presentations; a number of webinars on grant writing, participant support, and equipment and facilities proposals; and other resources such as a presentation on the five attributes of a successful proposal and a sample NSF MRI proposal.

You can also access presentations from previous Proposal Development Network meetings by clicking on “Learn More” below Proposal Development Network. Here you can find presentations on topics like research facilities, data management, and payment and taxation of foreign nationals.

Resources are regularly added to these pages, so check back from time to time to see what other proposal development resources are available. And of course, while you’re visiting our intranet site, you can also request PDU services while you’re there.

NSF Toolkit – Communicating Your Research and Broader Impacts: NSF’s Toolkit webpage offers a number of invaluable tools and resources that provide information about the impact of NSF research. Their Science Communication Toolkit for Principal Investigators contains information on the importance of science communication, suggestions for communicating science effectively, and some options for communicating your research and broader impact activities. View the Science Communication Toolkit as a Prezi presentation or in a text-only format as a PDF.

White House’s Dwindling Science Office Leaves Major Research Programs in Limbo: President Trump has yet to appoint a science advisor and the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) went from 130 staff members under President Obama to only 35 in July of this year, with no timeline for when a director of that office will be appointed ( According to one OSTP official, the office was only up to a mere 42 staff members as of September ( staggering number of vacancies has made coordinating science policy and spending between agencies increasingly difficult. According to the White House, 12 people are “working on science” across the OSTP.

NSF Updates to PAPPG: A new version of NSF's Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) has been issued and will be effective for proposals submitted on or after January 29, 2018. The current PAPPG will continue to apply to proposals submitted before January 29th and remains available on NSF's website. NSF will hold a webinar on December 2, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. to review the significant changes reflected in the new PAPPG. To register for the webinar, visit the NSF Grant Conferences webpage. In the meantime, if you have questions about changes to the PAPPG, contact the Policy Office by phone at (703) 292-8243 or by email at

DARPA Rolls Out Electronics Resurgence Initiative: DARPA recently announced six additions to its Electronic Resurgence Initiative. The six new programs will see $216 million in funding for the 2018 fiscal year, with even more invested over the next four years to support research in three pillars: circuit design tools, advanced new materials, and system architectures for microelectronics. For the full story about these new programs, visit the News & Events page on DARPA's website. 

NSF's Directorate for Biological Sciences Making Changes to Core Program Solicitations: In an October 5, 2017 Dear Colleague Letter, NSF's Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) outlined a number of changes to core program solicitations that will take effect in 2018. In order to promote interdisciplinary research, BIO is implementing a no-deadline, full-proposal mechanism for receiving and reviewing proposals submitted to core programs in the Division of Environmental Biology, the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems, the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, and to the programs in the Research Resources Cluster of the Division of Biological Infrastructure. To find out how this new mechanism will effect proposal submission, read the Dear Colleague letter in its entirety here

Literature Suggests Need to Support Early and Mid-Career Researchers: NIH's Office of Extramural Research posted a discussion of recent papers that highlight the need to support early and mid-career biomedical researchers. These publications show a decline in NIH-funded PIs aged 41-55. One of the papers recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science shows that from 2004 to present, funding to PIs under 46 and to PIs aged 46-55 has declined. To read about all of the findings presented, read the entire article, "A Sampling of Recent Literature on the Scientific Workforce."

PDU Says Goodbye to Melanie Neff: This month the PDU will say goodbye to Melanie Neff who has served as a Project Assistant since 2013. While her official duties have included editing and formatting supplemental documents and organizing logistics for proposal team meetings, workshops, and site visits, she has always been willing to learn new things or lend a hand to colleagues in and out of the PDU. While Melanie will be greatly missed, those of us in the PDU want to wish her, her husband Holden, and their dog Wallace the best of luck on their move to the "Big Easy," New Orleans, LA. 

If you or someone you know would be interested in joining the PDU, check out the job posting for the Project Assistant position here

PDU Staff and Contact Information
Pradip Pramanik
Room 252
Matthew Hooker
Assistant Director
Room 218
Reenah Schaffer
Proposal Developer
Room 219
Derek Gatlin
Proposal Developer
Room 220

Patrick Crowley, Jr.
Res. Proposal Spec.
Room 221
Michelle Frick
Res. Proposal Spec.
Room 213C
Melanie Neff
Project Assistant
Room 213D

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