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A core focus of SRI is to assist CNS faculty in the preparation and submission of large-team (i.e., multiple-investigator), center-style research grants. In addition to sound and innovative science, well-crafted research center proposals should accomplish each of the following:

  • Communicate a compelling research vision;
  • Propose a comprehensive research strategic plan for a five- or ten-year performance period;
  • Present an effective management plan that supports the research vision;
  • Delineate the team’s significant value-added benefits;
  • Achieve synthesis, integration, and synergy among multiple program components that build on the research vision;
  • Convince program officers and reviewers of the transformational aspects of the proposed research.

SRI can work with you to ensure that your research center proposal addresses the points above and complies with sponsor guidelines and requirements. The successful submission of a center-style grant is a significant project unto itself. With that in mind, SRI approaches the submission of a center grant using project management techniques to ensure expediency and efficiency. SRI uses a template (available here) that outlines the broad scopes and responsibilities of preparing a large-team research proposal. After consultation, we tailor the template to the specific solicitation to provide milestones and a timeline for proposal component development.



SRI can also assist with the preparation of institutional training grants. The primary grants in this category include the NIH Institutional National Research Service Awards (T32) for predoctoral or postdoctoral research training and the NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program. The NIH T32 applications, in particular, require extensive institutional data, including diversity and academic characteristics, performance, and career outcomes, along with several salient features for participating faculty. Culling and assembling these data require interfacing with a number of UT units along with a signifcant amount of time, and this often serves as an impediment to the pursuit of this grant type. SRI can provide critical assistance here by taking on the completion of these data tables to allow faculty to focus on the design and content of a rigorous training program application. SRI’s assistance also extends to foundation training grant opportunities, such as the Beckman Scholars Program for undergraduates, which also require significant institutional data inputs.

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