Early Career Faculty

In an increasingly competitive funding environment, opportunities exist to help researchers at the beginning stages of their careers.

Research Development Services (RDS) provides early career faculty with proposal development support throughout the proposal development process, structured to the needs of each individual PI. For Early Career Faculty Support, RDS targeted programs will receive first attention, but early career faculty can request proposal development assistance with any grant. Additionally, RDS holds workshops and seminars on developing and writing proposals to a number of federal agencies, which are open to all faculty, and workshops targeting early career faculty who meet the eligibility criteria for young investigator programs with the NSF, NIH, DOE, and DOD.

  • Request a one-on-one meeting with an RDS research development officer
  • Discuss long-term research strategy or target specific funding opportunity
  • Help interpret reviews for a resubmission
  • Develop a proposal plan
  • Identify initial agency or program to target
  • Assistance with developing a one-page summary
  • Prepare for contact with program officer
  • Assess if review criteria and solicitations requirements are met
  • Review for competitiveness with respect to funder mission and guidelines
  • Technical generalist review of content, especially summary and opening pages
  • Evaluate clarity of proposed work sections

Contact Us

Laurie S. Garton, Ph.D., Associate Director
Focus: Early Career Faculty