The Proposal Development Unit (PDU) supports faculty teams in the development of large-scale, interdisciplinary research proposals.

These services include team facilitation, budget development, writing and editing, and administrative assistance, thereby enabling investigators to concentrate on the research-related aspects of their proposals.  PDU support is available to NC State faculty planning proposals with estimated total budgets of at least $1M.

PDU Services

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Proposal Development Unit Services Venn Diagram

Strategy and Faculty Support

As interdisciplinary research proposals are becoming increasingly complex and competitive, the Proposal Development Unit supports NC State research initiatives by assisting with key aspects of the proposal process. Examples of PDU support include: team and content facilitation; proactive planning for upcoming center-level proposals; writing non-technical sections of proposals; coordinating team meetings, workshops and site visits; assisting with budgets and sub-award budgets; collecting CV’s and C&P documents from project participants; populating PINS, Fastlane, etc.; and editing and formatting proposal text.

The PDU also provides training on topics of interest to faculty pursuing research funding. Recordings of webinars and related materials are available here.

Michelle Frick, Reenah Schaffer, Patrick Crowley, Matthew Hooker, Robyn Buchanan, Pradip Pramanik, Derek Gatlin

Meet our Team 

PDU staff members are experienced in various aspects of proposal preparation.

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Newsletters & Resources

PDU news, videos, presentation materials and other information about proposal development (Unity ID).

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Proposal Development Network

PDN information and presentations (Unity ID).

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We are here to assist...

Since 2004, the PDU has helped faculty secure funding for 96 projects valued at more than $414 million.

Research Events

  • Dec

    Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Location: Springboard Executive Conference Room 205, Poulton Innovation Center, 1021 Main Campus Drive

  • Jan

    Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Location: Springboard Executive Conference Room 205, Poulton Innovation Center, 1021 Main Campus Drive

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Have a research event you want campus to know about? Send details or link to NCState-research@ncsu.edu

In the News

Reenah Schaffer and Michelle Frick from the Proposal Development Unit were nominees for this year’s Staff Awards for Excellence.

Reenah Schaffer and Michelle Frick accepting Staff Awards for Excellence nominations 1

Mladen Vouk, Michelle Frick, Reenah Schaffer, Pradip Pramanik and Derek Gatlin

Mladen Vouk, Michelle Frick and Derek Gatlin