Proposal Development Resources
Below are resources available to NDSU faculty and staff as they prepare grant proposals and develop research and other scholarly projects. Check back often, as information will be updated frequently, with new resources added as programs change and new materials become available. If you have questions or need assistance, feel free to contact any Research Development staff member or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NDSU Research and Sponsored Activity Handbook
Research Resources at NDSU
- To find NDSU collaborators with particular expertise, search PIVOT Gallery
- Strategies for Planning, Developing, and Writing Large Team Grants (requires NDSU login)
A resource published by Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC, a firm that specializes in helping faculty and universities compete more successfully for research funding.
- Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science
A 2015 report written by the National Research Council that concluded scientific research is increasingly dominated by teams, and recommends opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of collaborative research in science teams, research centers, and institutes.
Commonly Used Acronyms
|AFOSR||Air Force Office of Scientific Research (a branch of the U.S. Department of Defense)|
|AFRI||Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (competitive grants program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture)|
|ARO||Army Research Office (a branch of the U.S. Department of Defense)|
|ARS||Agricultural Research Service (the principal in-house research agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture)|
|DARPA||Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (a branch of the U.S. Department of Defense)|
|DHS||U.S. Department of Homeland Security|
|DHHS||U.S. Department of Health and Human Services|
|DOC||U.S. Department of Commerce|
|DOD||U.S. Department of Defense|
|DOE||U.S. Department of Energy|
|DoED||U.S. Department of Education|
|DOI||U.S. Department of Interior|
|DOJ||U.S. Department of Justice|
|DOL||U.S. Department of Labor|
|DOT||U.S. Department of Transportation|
|EPA||Environmental Protection Agency|
|NASA||National Aeronautics and Space Administration|
|NIFA||National Institute of Food and Agriculture (formerly Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service [CSREES] of the U.S. Department of Agriculture)|
|NIH||National Institutes of Health (composed of approximately 27 individual health-related institutes and centers, each with a specific research agenda, often focusing on particular diseases or body systems)|
|NIST||National Institute of Standards and Technology (a branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce)|
|NSF||National Science Foundation|
|ONR||Office of Naval Research (a branch of the U.S. Department of Defense)|
|USDA||U.S. Department of Agriculture|
|USGS||U.S. Geological Survey (a branch of the U.S. Department of Interior)|
|AHA||American Heart Association|
|BAA||Broad Agency Announcement (used by Department of Defense agencies to invite proposals)|
|ERA||Electronic research administration (online grant and proposal management)|
|F&A||Facilities and administrative costs (same as “overhead” or “indirect costs” in a grant budget)|
|GCA||NDSU Grant and Contract Accounting Office (handles post award grant accounting)|
|IACUC||Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (university committee that reviews and approves all animal activities at an institution)|
|IBC||Institutional Biosafety Committee (university committee that assures the safe use of recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids, infectious agents, human blood, bodily fluids and tissues and maintains compliance with federal regulations and university policies.)|
|IDC||Indirect costs (same as F&A costs—see above)|
|IP||Intellectual Property (inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce - products that can be patented or copyrighted)|
|IRB||Institutional Review Board (for protection of human research participants; a university committee charged with review and approval of all research protocols involving human subjects)|
|PA||Program Announcement or Parent Announcement (grant announcement or solicitation)|
|PI or PD||Principal Investigator or Project Director (generic terms for the lead person on a grant project; co-PI means co-investigator)|
|PTF||Proposal Transmittal Form (used for NDSU internal review and approval of grant proposals)|
|RCR||Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR training is required by some federal grant agencies)|
|RFA||Request for Applications (similar to RFP; used by NIH)|
|RFP||Request for Proposals (grant announcement or solicitation)|
|RIO||Research Integrity Officer, person responsible for ensuring researchers are properly trained and research is conducted with the highest standards|
|SPA||NDSU Sponsored Programs Administration Office (sometimes generically referenced by grant agencies as SPO—Sponsored Programs Office, or SRO—Sponsored Research Office)|
|STEM||Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics|
The National Science Foundation provides a Science Communication Toolkit for Principal Investigators that provides resources to help communicate the excitement and value of research. Access this toolkit in Prezi online.
The National Academies published a report in 2017 titled "Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda." You can download the report or view the webcast of the public discussion of the report at the National Academies website.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) also provides resources for communicating science, including tips and guidance for public presentations, working with reporters, and communicating science online. You can find these resources on the AAAS website.
Managing a Research Project / Lab
Resources for New Faculty
- NDSU's Strategic Research Priorities
- New Faculty Guide to Competing for Research Funding (requires log-in)
- Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Facultyproduced by Burroughs Wellcome Fund and Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
- Charting a Course for a Successful Research Career: A Guide for Early Career Researchers
- NIH Next Generation Researchers Initiative
- NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Tips (advice for young faculty; applicable to other programs as well)
- Research Development and Grant Writing News (log in with your NDSU network username and password)
Get Your Unique Research Identifier
ORCID® (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is an open, non-profit effort that aims to solve the name ambiguity problem in research and scholarly communication by creating a central registry of unique identifiers for individual researchers.
ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that follows you throughout your career and distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports linkages between you and your professional activities, ensuring that all your work is recognized.
To register for your free unique research identifier, go to https://orcid.org/register. You can enhance your ORCID record with your professional information and link to your other identifiers, such as Scopus or ResearcherID or LinkedIn. Include your ORCID identifier on your Webpage, when you submit publications, apply for grants, and in any research workflow to ensure you get credit for your work.
Your expertise profile in Pivot now includes a field for your ORCID number and integrates with that system, improving the accuracy of profiles in Pivot. Users can also set a permission flag with ORCID which will enable ProQuest and Pivot to receive automated profile data updates from ORCID in the future, thus saving time and effort.
Learn more at www.orcid.org.