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Proposal Development

The VPR's Proposal Development and Management service facilitates scientific and administrative development and enhances the competitiveness of complex, visible, and signature research proposals from ideation to submission.

Our Proposal Development Managers (PDMs) support Principal Investigators across the full range of career stages.



PDMs (with PIs and relevant stakeholders):

  • Refine a competitive strategy through sponsor profiling, solicitation analysis, competitor assessment, and/or strategic team development
  • Facilitate outreach to external stakeholders, team members, and sponsors
  • Plan, draft, and edit proposal content
  • Review all proposal components for quality, competitiveness, and responsiveness
  • Coordinate Red Team reviews of near-final proposals
  • Engage graphics development and refinement.
  • Manage overall proposal development process and timeline


  • Large-scale, multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional research projects and center-level proposals
  • Signature, defining research opportunities for the university, college/school, center, or department
  • Nationally prominent single-PI opportunities that would be catalytic for early- and mid-career investigators' professional advancement
  • Applications to foundation, corporate, and government sponsors when the University of Maryland desires to create or enhance long-term strategic research partnerships
  • Proposals receiving support from Maryland Catalyst Fund Big Opportunity Funds and Grand Challenges Grants

Questions? Email us.

Graphics Development

In addition to proposal development services, the Research Development Office also offers graphics development services to illustrate research concepts and enhance funding proposals.

Graphics Portfolio

Graphics Portfolio
  • Illustrations (journal covers)
  • Infographics
  • Iconography
  • Conceptual Diagramming
  • Cartography
  • Data Visualization
  • Motion Graphics & Animation
  • 3D Modeling
  • Branding
  • Graphic Design
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