Prepare Research Proposals
Prepare Research Proposals
The Office of Research Affairs at Penn State College of Medicine oversees the proposal submission process and negotiates contractual terms and conditions of awards, all with the goal of promoting, fostering and sustaining excellence in basic and clinical research.
The office also assists researchers and staff with all pre- and post-award activities, including budget and grant development, cost recovery, compliance and institutional reporting.
What's Required to Submit a Proposal?
The Office of Research Affairs reviews and finalizes all grant submissions from Penn State College of Medicine.
Five business days before sponsor deadline, investigators must submit the following to ORA:
- An Internal Approval Form (IAF)
- A final budget
- A near-final draft of the application
Two business days prior to the sponsor deadline, final review and submission takes place.
Tools and Systems
Penn State College of Medicine uses SIMS (Strategic Information Management System) as its proposal budgeting tool.
Budgets submitted to the College's Office of Research Affairs must be completed in SIMS.
The Office also uses CAYUSE 424, a web application designed to simplify the creation, review, approval and electronic submission of grant proposals.
In addition, to material in SIMS and CAYUSE, the institution requires an Internal Approval Form (IAF), a required internal document used to provide a summary of pertinent administrative and fiscal information about a proposed sponsored project.
The IAF is initiated by the department administrator after the SIMS budget is created.
Detailed tip sheets and forms on SIMS, CAYUSE and the IAF are available to Penn State College of Medicine users on the internal Infonet website.
Contact the Office of Research Affairs
External investigators interested in details on the Penn State College of Medicine grants-management process, including sample tools and forms as well as internally-developed tipsheets, are encouraged to email Brenda Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org or MaryBeth Brown at email@example.com, or to call 717-531-8495 for grant information or 717-531-4196 for contracts.
Research Concierge Service
Penn State College of Medicine's Research Concierge Service offers another level of support in the research development process.
The Concierge helps investigators strengthen grant writing skills, form collaborative teams, and develop complex research proposals.
In addition, the Concierge can advise you on resources available to help you through various stages of the grant process or direct you to the appropriate office for your need.