What is Research Development?

Research Development encompasses a set of strategic, catalytic, and capacity-building activities that advance research competitiveness. It complements and enhances research support offered by SPARC, whose primary focus is compliance.


Research Development Activities at UNCW:

  • Professional Development Series - Sessions to familiarize researchers with available Research & Innovation support services to assist in advancing their research programs
  • Grant Writing Workshops - Trainings to help improve grant writing knowledge and skills for elevated proposal development
  • Research Collider Program - Mechanism to connect faculty with similar research interests/methodologies across disciplines
  • Research Communities - Interdisciplinary community of scholars with common thematic interests working to develop larger collaboration teams
  • Seed Funding - Internal funding available to support and encourage research, scholarship, and creative works
  • Research Proposal Review Service - Outsourced support for hands-on review and revision to increase proposal competitiveness
  • REACH: Expanded Proposal Development Services - Application-based concierge services for large, complex, and/or interdisciplinary projects
  • Research Recognition - Celebrating and honoring research accomplishments and contributions to discovery and innovation at UNC

Seed Funding

Grant Writing Workshops

Professional NIH Grant Development Workshop

This two-day interactive online training, led by the Grant Training Center, will focus specifically on submitting grants to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The workshop will address the overall strategic plan for writing grants with an emphasis on application development, Specific Aims, and proposal writing. After the training, you will understand how to navigate the NIH RePORTER website and identify the best funding mechanism for you. Exercises will familiarize you with NIH’s organizational structure and its many processes, including peer review and resubmission. The second day will end with a dissection of exemplary NIH grants and a mock panel review.

December 15-16, 2021 / 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Important Information

  • Only UNCW faculty (as defined in the UNCW Faculty Handbook, Chapter III, Section B, Article 1) are eligible to register for the workshop.
  • Registrants must commit to attending both days.
  • Participation requires some preparatory work, including a homework assignment and pre-training meeting.
  • Capacity is limited to 25. First come, first served. Registration deadline 11/5.

 Inquiries and RSVPs to Kirsten Wisneski

Research Proposal Review Service

Research and Innovation’s partnership with Hanover Research brings additional proposal support to faculty to enhance extramural sponsored research proposal competitiveness. Hanover grant consultants are not subject matter experts who can evaluate the specific scholarship underpinning a research proposal. Rather, their value lies in general grantsmithing expertise and their understanding of proposal and agency nuances that can help PIs competitively reframe proposals in response to a specific solicitation. Hanover seeks to achieve cohesion in the grant narrative and to align the proposal with funding requirements with the result of a more competitive submission to increase success rates.

Read more here, including eligibility requirements. Request Hanover's assistance here.

REACH: Expanded Proposal Development Services

This program will help faculty engage in larger, more complex, interdisciplinary projects. Given their size and collaborative nature, these intricate proposals demand additional time and resources to be competitive. REACH is intended to offer enhanced pre-submission support to eligible participants. Services may include: funding identification, collaborator cultivation, proposal management (e.g., meeting logistics, supporting documentation, timelines, checklists), proposal review, and copyediting.

To qualify, faculty must be: (1) applying for support at least six months prior to the submission deadline, (2) submitting a requested budget of at least $150,000/year, and (3) involving either of the following:

  • Researchers from two or more departments
  • Two or more sub-awards

Complete the REACH application here.