Annual PDU Grant Writing Initiative Request for Applications

Admin Announcements

2016-2017 Grant Writing Initiative (GWI)

Request for Applications (RFA)

Sponsored by the R&D Center’s Proposal Development Unit and the NIH-BRAD program




The purpose of this R&D Center’s Proposal Development Unit Grant Writing Initiative is to improve the grant writing skills of UPRM faculty, and their capability to obtain external funds to support research, creative endeavors, education and other efforts by means of:

1) a series of seminars and workshops aimed at improving the researcher’s knowledge of sponsored funding programs and grant writing skills

2) individualized sessions to assist investigators in developing proposal components

3) a 3 day long Grant Writing Bootcamp to devote time for writing of a proposal for funding, with the assistance of facilitators and coaches.

The 2016-2017 Grant Writing Initiative (GWI)* will be focused on collaborative institutional type proposals. Examples include funds for infrastructure, equipment, scholarship programs, education and/or curricular changes, distance education, educational methods (like flipped classrooms) and many others.

The expected outcome is a grant proposal submission to a relevant agency by Fall of 2017. Key components of   proposals of this type typically include multidisciplinary team member composition, collaborative approaches, and being grounded in current relevant theory.  For education research proposals, it is important to include a team member with a background or degree in educational theory.

Key Dates

  • Post Date: August 15, 2016
  • Application Due Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2016 (noon)
  • Application Review Completed: October 3rd, 2016
  • Start Date: October 18, 2016

 All awardees must commit to attend all in-house activities and the bootcamp, as described in the proposed agenda for the Initiative. Endorsement of faculty participation in this initiative by the corresponding department chair is a programmatic requirement (See the Online Submission section below for details)

The full RFA can be downloaded at

 Complete applications must be submitted electronically by Tuesday, September 12th, 2016 (noon).  To access the on-line application form, please visit  In addition to the completed on-line application, a summary of your project concept (up to 3 pages, single spaced) will need to be submitted, as well as A letter of endorsement by the department chair, and an NSF style Biographical sketch.  For questions, contact the PDU at or x5256.