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Research Development Videos

Why Wait for the RFP? Crafting a Concept Paper for Fast Feedback [Pt. 1]

Did you know that 50 percent of NSF and 80 percent of NIH funding is awarded through unsolicited, investigator-initiated proposals? Funders want to fund good research, no matter how they learn about it. Watch video and view transcript here >>

Why Wait for the RFP? Crafting a Concept Paper for Fast Feedback [Pt. 2]

The first step in receiving unsolicited funding for a research project begins with a concept paper. Watch video and view transcript here >>

Why Wait for the RFP? Crafting a Concept Paper for Fast Feedback [Pt. 3]

Writing your concept paper doesn't have to be intimidating. Remember these tips as you work through the process to get to the final product. Watch video and view transcript here >>

Interacting with Program Officers [Pt. 1]

Developing relationships with program officers is extremely important. It is the key to success for both established and early-career faculty. Not only does it raise the profile of Texas Tech at the federal agencies but it also increases program officer knowledge of faculty expertise. Watch video and view transcript here >>

Interacting with Program Officers [Pt. 2]

Now that you've scored a phone call or in-person meeting, this video focuses on the program officer's expectations and share some advice on questions for the program officer. Watch video and view transcript >>

Crafting Better Proposals Using the Heilmeier Catechism

George H. Heilmeier, a the director of DARPA director from 1975-1977, crafted a set of questions known as the "Heilmeier Catechism" to help Agency officials think through and evaluate proposed research programs. The same set of criteria can be used to create better and more competitive proposals. Watch video and view transcript here >>


How We Help: A Strong Start, Grant Writing
August 2017
Where do you begin? What style do you need to use when writing your grant?

How We Help: Your Project and Appropriate Funding
July 2017
Not all funding opportunities are appropriate for every project. How do we determine which funding opportunity is best?

How We Help: Funding Focused; First Meeting
June 2017
We have heard the saying, 'Putting the cart before the horse', and we all know that finding funding opportunities can be a daunting task, let alone actually securing the funding. What happens before all of that

On Being Coherent
March 2016
The whole really is more than the sum of its parts.

Design to Deliver
January 2016
Balance the form and content of your research. Tap into these campus resources to help you purposefully design your research proposal.

Perfectly Persuasive
October 2015
To be competitive, proposals need not only be about innovative research but they should also be error-free and persuasive. Here are some things to consider.

Practical Advice on International Research Collaboration
September 2015
Here are a few ways for academic scholars to begin to think about how to go about improving the prospects of putting into place more frequent or higher quality experiences of research together across national borders.

If at First You Don't Succeed...
April 2015
. . . try, try again. Why not revise and resubmit when your proposal is rejected? Doing so can mean much higher chances of success.

Demonstrate Significance
March 2015
Successful proposals stand out from the crowd. How can you make yours stand out? Know exactly why you aim to do what you do.

Creating the Right Fit
February 2015
How can you find the overlap between your own research agenda and the goals and mission of external funding organizations?

Good Problems
January 2015
Good problems lead to good questions. For research grant proposals to be competitive, the challenge must be clear.

More Than Dollars
December 2014
While many scholars focus on preparing funding proposals for the monetary award, the benefits of pursing competitive research opportunities reach far beyond the total budget column.