Office for Proposal Development

Office for Proposal Development

Our purpose is to cultivate and sustain a research culture at The University of Alabama that informs and improves our research practices; focuses on the production of high quality research proposals that meet the needs of the campus, community, state and beyond; and strengthen collaborations amongst UA faculty that will help build multi-disciplinary research expertise, and improve the reputation of UA nationally.

The Office for Proposal Development (OPD) is committed to enhancing our research endeavors and seeks to enrich the University’s mission to further productivity and innovation in research. The OPD provides a variety of resources to all levels of research faculty seeking support with grant proposals. Our services include:

  • Editing grant proposals
  • Assists in obtaining Letters of Support
  • Assists with boilerplate information
  • Provides Panel Reviews (must submit proposal to OPD one month prior to submission date)
  • Provides workshops and training courses that include:
    • Grant Writing Boot Camp
    • Junior Investigator Program
    • How to Speak to a Program Officer
    • Networking Sessions
    • Pivot Training
  • Provides GIS and data analytics support
  • Assists faculty with finding collaborators
  • Facilitates graphic design support for proposals
  • Coordinates monthly trips to DC for faculty to speak with program officers
  • Managing the limited submission process when external agencies limited the number of proposals allowed from the institution
  • Coordination of the ORED Internal Funding Programs