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The Office of Proposal Development (OPD) is a service unit, working with Illinois faculty and other researchers to develop proposals in order to secure external funding. We:

  • Analyze the Request for Application (RFA); comparing the draft proposal to RFA for alignment and completeness
  • Edit, including re-writing as appropriate
  • Write the non-programmatic sections; broader impacts, data management plans, etc.
  • Provide detailed review of supplementary documents for compliance with sponsor formats and content, such as biosketches and letters of support, as well as assembling documents
  • Develop checklists and establish timelines
  • Coordinate pre-submission peer review
  • Provide logistical support and access to other available resources (science writers, graphic artists, budget specialists, biostatisticians, data management plan expertise and more)


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