Proposal Preparation Program (PPP)

Is your proposal almost ready to submit, but you need to do some work to complete it? Do you need support to resubmit a promising but so-far unfunded proposal?

To facilitate the timely completion of proposals for external funding, the College’s Research Office may be able to offer up to $3000 in funding for a range of activities that would help to strengthen a grant or fellowship proposal. Such activities include supporting pilot studies, travel to archives or other facilities, funding grad students for data entry for a pilot study, visits to a program officer or other funding official, or engaging a consultant to evaluate the proposal, manuscript, data analysis, and the like.

You may apply for support by completing the Proposal Preparation Program Form and submitting to      Dr. Thomas Birkland.  

Submission Guidelines

Applications are accepted and evaluated on an on-going basis. The applications will be reviewed by the Associate Dean for Research, who may call upon members of the research committee for advice and input.

Please be sure to submit your PPP application to the research office no later than 7 months before your grant proposal deadline. This is a firm deadline.

Q&A

Are these funds available only for projects supporting grant and fellowship proposals?  Yes.

Are these funds available only for projects that, if funded, would return large overhead (F&A) revenues?
 No. We will consider proposals to support projects that would yield smaller grants, as well as high-prestige fellowship applications.

Is this program designed just for big-money social science researchers?  No. This funding will also support preliminary work for applications for fellowships, applications to work as a visiting scholar, and similar programs. Any T/TT faculty member may apply.

Does this program support conference travel?  No.

Can I budget summer salary or academic year salary?  No.  You can budget hourly wages for a student employee.

Are these funds available to NTT faculty?  No. This program, because it funds grant proposals, is for T/TT faculty. However, teams that consist of both T/TT and NTT faculty may apply, but the lead PI must be a T/TT faculty member.