Proposal Preparation Funding Program

Preparation of a large, multi-investigator grant (e.g., program projects, center proposals, U awards) requires a well-developed and high-functioning team, including administrative support for grant preparation and assembly. To decrease the significant burden on faculty who prepare large-scale proposals, and to encourage and support research teams toward the submission of such grants, the Office of Research has developed the Proposal Preparation Funding Program for groups that have identified a funding opportunity and would like to submit a proposal.

The goal of the program is to provide funds to support the preparation and submission of large-scale multi-investigator grants; this program is not designed to provide support for submission of individual R01-type grants.


The Office of Research has available planning and preparation grants of up to $10,000 to facilitate the submission of large, multi-investigator research proposals.


Funding requests must be related to facilitating the team and/or preparing the grant application, and may include costs for activities such as, but not limited to, the following:

•             Travel to assemble team members for face-to-face interactions

•             Team facilitators/consultants

•             Graphic designers

•             External reviewers and red team meetings

•             Engaging project-specific administrative staff beyond regular duties


There is no deadline for this program. Please contact us as early as possible in advance of a grant deadline.


Application materials should be submitted in a single PDF document in the order listed below. Submit all applications electronically to (

  • Title of the Proposal
  • Sponsor Deadline
  • Sponsor Name and Program
  • Link (website) to the RFA
  • List of the investigators (key personnel)
  • Draft of the abstract and specific aims
  • Plans and rationale: Explanation of need and use for funds, and reasons why this will increase the competitiveness of proposal; please include a timeline.
  • NIH Biosketch of key personnel
  • Budget request (not to exceed $10,000) including line items and justification, and description of how funds will be allocated for administrative support costs if applicable
  • Copy of the final proposal (to be provided after submission to sponsor)

Please note that funds cannot be given retroactively.

E-MAIL SUBMISSIONS ARE NOT ERROR-PROOF. WE ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIPT OF ALL ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS. If you do not receive a response from us by the end of the next business day, please call us at 734-763-4272.


The Office of Research leadership team will review applications.



Contact us at or 734-763-4272 / (Fax 734-615-9458)

2800 Plymouth Road, NCRC Building 520, Room 3174, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2800

A list of Grant Services & Analysis staff is available in the Personnel Directory.