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Proposal Development Unit

We help NC State faculty pursue transformative, cutting-edge research through proactive planning, facilitation, proposal development and training.

Proposal Development Support

The Proposal Development Unit (PDU) supports faculty teams by improving proposal competitiveness of large-scale, interdisciplinary research proposals.  These services include strategy consultation and ideation, team facilitation and review, non-technical writing and graphics support, budgeting, editing, formatting and proposal preparation — enabling investigators to concentrate on the research-related aspects of their proposals. PDU support is available to NC State faculty who are planning proposals with estimated total budgets of at least $1 million.

At the Forefront of Interdisciplinary Research

The PDU is uniquely positioned to support large, diverse teams of NC State researchers pursuing opportunities that transcend traditional academic boundaries.


Since 2004, the PDU has assisted faculty from all 10 NC State colleges on more than 850 proposals.


Since 2004, the PDU has helped faculty secure over one billion dollars in research funding.


Since 2004, the PDU has supported proposals submitted to more than 50 federal, state and foundation sponsors.