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Proposal Development Unit

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

Proposal Development Support

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 — 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.

We are here to assist…

Facilitation and Management

  • Partnership building
  • Best practices and lessons learned
  • Collaboration tools
  • Site visits
  • Training workshops and seminars

Strategy Writing and Editing

  • Strategic Planning
  • Conceptualization
  • Editing
  • Writing non-technical sections
  • Red Team reviews


  • Prepare budgets
  • Budget justifications
  • Sub-award budget coordination
  • Site visits
  • Cost share docs


  • CVs and biosketches
  • Current and pending support
  • Conflicts of interest
  • PINS and upload proposals
  • Data acquisition
  • Support letters

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 750 proposals.


Since 2004, the PDU has helped faculty secure over $845 million in research funding.


Since 2004, the PDU has submitted proposals to more than 35 federal, state and foundation sponsors.