Proposal Development

Office of Foundation Relations

The Office of Foundation Relations (OFR) at Illinois is a campuswide resource for faculty and administrators seeking to advance relationships with national and selected regional private foundations. As each foundation is different, they can help guide you through their processes and campus processes, as needed.

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Office of Proposal Development

The Office of Proposal Development (OPD) supports the development and preparation of strategic, interdisciplinary proposals that have a university-wide impact. We provide a range of services, from the strategic analysis of funding opportunities to writing and editing to logistical support and data collection.

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Office of Research Advising and Project Development

Research Development Support in the Humanities, Arts, and Related Fields

The Office of Research Advising and Project Development (RAPD) provides a range of resources for pre-tenure and tenured faculty, including:

  • Targeted information sessions for external fellowship and grant competitions
  • Meetings and programming in support of research/project design and development
  • Meetings to discuss research interests and strategize grant-seeking plans
  • Editorial and research services for faculty working on fellowship or grant applications, including but not limited to ACLS, Guggenheim, NEA, NEH, NSF-SBE, and residential (sited) fellowships
  • First Book Writing Group for pre-tenure faculty
  • Next Project Group for faculty working on a second or subsequent project
  • Overview of campus-level and external resources for grant seeking
  • Suggestions for extending your campus visibility and finding colleagues with shared interests
  • Proposal writing resources

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Center for Social & Behavioral Science

The Center for Social and Behavioral Science (CSBS) was created to help address some of the grand challenges facing society that can be answered using the deep social and behavioral science expertise housed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In particular, the CSBS focuses on three grand challenges: solving poverty, the effect of the digital revolution on society, and the role of social and behavioral factors in health. Since these grand challenges cut across many different colleges and departments, the CSBS fosters interdisciplinary research teams that harness the complementary strengths of the Illinois faculty.

CSBS Services

To address these grand challenges, the CSBS works within our research and academic communities in the following ways:

  1. Provide institutional infrastructure (through seed funding, proposal development support, and curating external funding resources) to help social and behavioral scientists conduct high impact research.
  2. Serve the social and behavioral science community by delivering training opportunities (methods workshops and webinars), and highlighting the depth and breadth of social science expertise on our campus.
  3. Act as the hub for community organizations and national groups seeking applied social and behavioral science expertise to aid in their efforts to address some of the grand challenges facing society today.
  4. Engaging University of Illinois students in community-based research and service.

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Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute

IHSI ignites and accelerates clinical and translational research and innovation through interdisciplinary convergence.

As a campus-wide interdisciplinary research institute, IHSI cuts across the many academic units, programs, and research and technology centers engaged in health sciences research at Illinois. We advance the health sciences ecosystem at Illinois through visioning, partnering, providing administrative and programmatic support, and launching initiatives that ultimately improve the health of our local, national, and global communities.

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