Functions of Proposal Development Groups—Tenessee State University

  • Research mentoring which is an acceptable activity in each participant’s faculty development plan

  • A forum to discuss research ideas and review proposals prior to deadlines

  • Guidance on selection of funding announcements

  • Uniform and meaningful analysis of relevant institutional data required for proposals

  • Advice on the development of internal and external partnerships

  • Coordination of student researchers

  • Support in peripheral requirements for successful proposals such as assistance with budget development

  • Professional formatting and layout of documents

practices in curriculum development, research, and mentoring in meetings. In addition, the STARS program provides support for students for service learning projects in computer science, thereby engaging students directly in applying their knowledge.

Workshop participants suggested that professional expertise also can be gained rapidly by volunteering to serve on proposal review panels at federal agencies. The NSF, in particular, allows individuals to self-nominate to serve on review panels in their field.


As mentioned earlier, the lack of support services at ERIs can all but cripple the ability to conduct research and a university’s ability to manage federal programs. Below are some of the solutions proposed at the workshop to deliver services in key areas.

Office of Sponsored Research

For those institutions that have no sponsored research office, it is sometimes possible to partner with a research institution to provide pre-and post-award services. The partnership can be improved if there are mutual rewards. Susan Ross, director of the Office for Sponsored Research at Northwestern University, Evanston Campus, and Adam Kessel, education developer at the American Indian Center of Chicago, described the case of a successful partnership among Northwestern, the East-West University, and the American Indian Center on an NSF project to build

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