Research Development offers a suite of services to support faculty efforts to obtain extramural funding for their research, scholarship, and creative activities.

Communication of Funding Opportunities

We keep up-to-date with the funding landscape, and regularly distribute funding opportunities to college leadership and targeted investigators. We also provide access to and train investigators in the use of PIVOT, a comprehensive funding database.

Limited Competition Management

We announce limited submission funding opportunities (i.e., grant solicitations in which the sponsor restricts the number of proposals from UVM), and administer the internal competitions to select our institutional applicant(s). For more information, see Find Funding: Limited Competitions in the Sponsored Project Administration (SPA) website.

Research Proposal Development and Project Management

We partner with individual investigators and research teams through all stages of the writing process to develop a competitive grant proposal. Our services include:

  • providing comprehensive grantsmanship review and writing support, with emphasis on ensuring responsiveness to the grant solicitation
  • supporting the development of non-technical content, so you can focus on the subject matter
  • working with you to develop proposal writing plans and timelines

For large, complex proposals we can manage the proposal preparation process from concept to submission, ensuring that internal and external deadlines are met.

Primary Services

Proposal Review and Grantsmanship Critique

  • Thorough review of your full proposal for grantsmanship with annotated comments and suggestions
  • Review for responsiveness to reviewer critiques (for resubmissions) and to RFP/RFA requirements

Proposal Writing Assistance and Editing

  • Substantively edit your draft text
  • Prepare draft text of non-technical proposal sections
  • Edit to improve the clarity and flow of your document
  • Edit to improve the formatting and presentation of your document
  • Coordinate collection of additional information via meetings, phone, email

Secondary Services, Available on a Limited Basis

Overall Proposal Management

  • Review solicitation and develop annotated outline of your response to the RFP/RFA
  • Manage the proposal preparation process
  • Participate in high-level, strategic proposal planning
  • Assist with writing non-technical proposal components
  • Critically review proposal drafts for grantsmanship, readability, and responsiveness to sponsor requirements
  • Manage proposal compilation, assembly
  • Coordinate with SPA

Assistance with Budget Development

  • Assist with development of draft budget and budget justification
  • Coordinate with business manager for review of draft budget
  • Coordinate collection of subaward documents from collaborators

Liaison with Sponsored Project Administration (SPA)

  • Coordinate with business manager to submit draft and final budget documents for review
  • Upload draft and final proposal documents for review, internal routing, and submission

Liaison with Collaborators

  • Coordinate collection of biosketches, letters of support
  • Assist with preparation and collection of subaward documents


Priority will be given to:

  1. Large, complex, multi-disciplinary grant proposals (e.g., centers, program projects, training grants, and infrastructure-building grants) to support high-impact, center-level research and scholarship
  2. Proposals from new faculty or those new to grant writing
  3. Proposals from established faculty

The following will also be taken into consideration:

  • Current and projected workload
  • Timeliness of request
  • Alignment with areas of institutional priority

For proposals that require cost share or match, investigators must document required commitments prior to engagement with the Research Development team.


Grant Writing Tools, Resources, and Workshops

We develop tools and resources to help streamline your grant writing. In addition, we periodically offer seminars, workshops, and guidance on timely grant-related topics.

NIH Templates and Checklists

The following templates are suitable for most standard National Institutes of Health (NIH) proposals.

With advance notice, UVM Research Development can provide assistance in creating a template for any funding agency or mechanism. Please contact us for more information.

These checklist and template documents are designed to serve as a project management tool. They do NOT replace the detailed information available within the relevant funding opportunity announcement (FOA), or the funding agency’s forms, instructions, and review criteria. For any questions, please refer to the FOA or contact your local research administrator and/or program officer.

NIH Checklists 

NIH Templates (Forms version F)

Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Attachments

Training Grant Templates

SciENcv Resources

With the latest revision to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 20-1, which is effective for proposal deadlines on or after June 1, 2020, NSF-approved formats will be required for the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support documents.

SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) can be used to create NSF-approved Biographical Sketches and Current and Pending Support documents.

How To Guides


Additional SciENcv Resources


Videos & PowerPoint Presentations on Grant Writing

OVPR Director of Research Development Jeralyn Haraldsen, Ph.D., discusses the grant proposal process in eight videos, with accompanying PowerPoint presentations.

Go to Videos & PowerPoint Presentations on Grant Writing (UVM NetID login required).






Request Type:
Funding Agency:
Funding Solicitation Number/Link:
Early-Career Investigator (Pre-Tenure):
Tight Deadline Justification (< 2 Weeks):
Comment to Administrator:





Contact Us

Jeralyn Haraldsen, PhD
Director of Research Development
(802) 656-2982 |

Ingrid Barcelo, PhD
Grant Proposal Developer
(802) 656-1713 |

Gagan Bajaj, PhD
Grant Proposal Developer
(802) 656-1973 |

Heidi Malaby, PhD
Grant Proposal Specialist

Erin McConnell, MS
Grant Proposal Developer – CEMS/CAS

Jeannine Valcour, MA, MBA
Grant Proposal Developer – Gund Institute

Cailey Biles, MS
Grant Resources Coordinator


Updated 10/1/21

COVID-19 Funding Opportunities