School of Medicine

Proposal Development

The UC Irvine School of Medicine's Research Development Unit (RDU) has established several resources to help researchers develop successful grant proposals.

When you are ready to start drafting your next research grant proposal, the RDU encourages you to explore these resources to see what may be useful.

Looking for a proposal development resource not listed here? Email your suggestions to


Editorial Assistance »

School of Medcine researchers may request assistance from Tara Massimino, director of the school's Research Development Unit, and Beth Riley, editorial director of the university's Office of Research.

The Foundation Relations office provides similar assistance for proposals to private foundations and corporate philanthropic arms.

Supporting Materials Assistance  »

Facilities and Other Resources

Many units on campus have prepared descriptions of shared facilities and resources that can be used for grant applications:

Rigor & Reproducibility in Research

The School of Medicine's Office of Research also has a one-stop shop for resources to comply with requirements set by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for addressing scientific rigor and reproducibility in grant proposals, including relevant literature, examples of R&R from funded grant applications, and templates of authentication of key biological/chemical resources.

Learn how to enhance rigor and reproducibility in your research ›

Fact Sheets

Should you require facts and figures about our institutions for your proposal, view:

Proposal Pre-review Assistance »

The School of Medicine's Office of Research offers proposal pre-review services to investigators applying for NIH research project grants. This service emulates NIH peer-review process, in which a local expert who also has study section experience provides a blind review.

At least six weeks in advance of the sponsor's deadline, interested applicants should submit near-final versions of the following:

  • Project abstract
  • Introduction (if applicable)
  • Specific aims
  • Research strategy

Please note that all sections must conform to current NIH guidelines and merged as a single file.

To request services and submit proposal drafts for review, please submit an online form.

Proposal Development Tutorials »

Other tutorials to help your proposal development include:

  • NIH Peer Review Revealed — This video offers a front-row seat at an NIH peer-review meeting. Real scientists review fictional yet realistic grant applications for scientific merit.

  • 8 Ways to Successfully Navigate NIH Peer Review and Get an R01 Grant — The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) recently hosted this webinar to give different groups of applicants useful insights into CSR application submission and peer review processes.

  • National Science Foundation CAREER Workshop — This workshop, led by the Delta Program at University of Wisconsin-Madison, presents strategies for writing a successful education plan. A panel of faculty members who have submitted successful proposals also share their tips and insights on the review process. The workshop is designed for new faculty preparing to submit proposals in all fields of science, engineering and mathematics.

For more information, contact Tara Massimino at