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:

Grant Writing Workshops

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View past Research & Innovation workshops.

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.