Research Proposal Development and Review
UMB ICTR Supported Resources
If you are interested in an ICTR Studio consult, please visit UMB ICTR Support and Funding, ICTR SUPPORTED CORES AND SERVICES, and submit your request through the UMB ICTR Core Services Request Form.
Studios Consult Services: The “Studios” program brings together internal, multidisciplinary experts to provide free, structured, project-specific feedback for researchers. "Studios" have become an integral component of successful clinical translational research across the nation.
UMB Campus Shared Resources
Research Harbor — Find an Expert
Find an Expert is a searchable database of University of Maryland researchers working on active projects and studies. All of the search results correspond to a study and/or researcher with an active IRB protocol in CICERO. You may search the database by researcher name or keywords to find information for potential collaborations or for consulting an expert in their field.
Office of Research Career Development
Office of Research Career Development (RCD): The RCD offers workshops, classes, and seminars on subjects that are crucial to an academic research career, including Grant Writing, Publishing Your Research, and Identifying Funding Sources for Your Research. In addition, we offer symposia in Scientific Leadership and Professional Development.
- Research Connection services:
- Research Consultation
- Systematic Review
- Bioinformation Program
- Research Data Management Services
- Expert Literature Search
- Research Impact Assessment
- NIH Public Access Policy Compliance
- IRB Research Consent Form Review
- UMB Entrepreneur Toolkit
The HS/HSL has a toolkit of information for entrepreneurs and innovators interested in learning more about intellectual property, starting their own company, innovating, and other related topics.
Tips for Writing
- UMB Writing Center: Supports UMB students, postdocs, faculty, and staff in becoming skilled, successful, and confident writers through one-on-one consultations, online writing resources, and a variety of workshops and events.
- National Institutes of Health:
- National Science Foundation: NSF Guide for Proposal Writing PDF
- U.S. General Services Administration, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance: Developing and Writing Grant Proposals PDF
- The Foundation Center: Proposal Writing Short Course, Part I and Proposal Budgeting Basics
- National Institutes of Health: Are You On the Fence About Whether to Resubmit?
Sponsor Review of Grant Proposals
National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants process and review:
Center for Scientific Review Applicant Resources
NIH advice: Are You on the Fence About Whether to Resubmit?
National Science Foundation (NSF) merit review process:
- Review sponsor's instructions and website to learn about the review, evaluation, and funding process for proposals. Time frames and processes vary widely.
- Reviewers have limited time and energy to devote to your proposal. If you make them work too hard to understand what you are trying to say, they will have little energy left to assess your ideas. Good ideas can be overlooked if the reviewer becomes distracted by typos, poor grammar, or other errors in construction. Clear, concise language is key to a good proposal.
- Reviewer comments can be used to strengthen the application for the next round of funding. If the sponsor does not routinely return comments to the investigator as part of its process, consider requesting them.
UMB Office of Research and Development
Visit UMB's Office of Research and Development for additional information about UMB policies for sponsored programs and grants administration, accounting, and compliance as well as sponsored programs and grants.