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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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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Grant Writing and PDU Newsletters (Unity ID).

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Proposal Development and Funding Agency Resources (Unity ID).

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We are here to assist...

Since 2004, the PDU has helped faculty secure funding for 147 projects valued at more than $610M.

In fiscal year 2018-2019, the PDU assisted faculty with proposals that brought in $111.4M.

In fiscal year 2019-2020, the PDU assisted faculty with proposals that brought in over $71M and counting.

Research Events

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    Time: 8:30 am - 10:00 am

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