Our goal is to increase proposal success rates and to help establish and grow high-impact research programs — from early-stage planning to developing competitive proposals and executing awards successfully.

We partner with other campus offices to help faculty navigate the CU Boulder research enterprise. We help junior faculty connect with key stakeholders and secure early career and young investigator funding. We also provide comprehensive support for research proposals that are large, collaborative (more than $1M annual funding) and/or strategically significant to the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

  • Assist PIs with developing research plans
  • Follow agency, foundation and program visions
  • Identify potential sponsors and funding opportunities
  • Reach out to potential partners and collaborators
  • Connect with program managers, other stakeholders

  • Develop timelines, templates and checklists
  • Facilitate internal and external reviews
  • Review drafts for strategy and compliance
  • Support with writing, editing, graphics
  • Assist with financial components (budget, budget justification, cost share requests)
  • Recommend responses to reviewer feedback (for resubmissions)

  • Assist with agreements without funds (NDA, CDA, bailment, data use, materials transfer)
  • Liaison to campus offices: RIO/OCG, Controller/SPA, Tech Transfer, legal, compliance
  • Monitor/provide support during agreement review and negotiation process
  • Provide oversight and guidance to faculty and staff during award execution

Interdisciplinary Research Themes

In line with our college vision, in 2018 faculty defined six unique themes that built off our strengths, aligned with future opportunities, and could provide transformational societal impact. These themes have since helped guide college investments in faculty hires, shared research facilities and seed funding thanks to the leadership of the directors and participation of the faculty, staff and students.

Coming out of a review and in discussion with the department chairs and IRT faculty directors, we intend to fund two of the initial IRTs – Autonomous Systems and Multi-Functional Materials – for another two years at a lower level of funding. The remaining four IRTs remain important to the college's research portfolio. Their webpages and research communities will continue here as a resource for all.

The college will be initiating two to three new interdisciplinary themes this spring.

Apply for a new theme to start July 1, 2020