News and Events

NOT-OD-15-032
Encourages applicants to use the newly published NIH Biosketch Format for all grant and cooperative agreement applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2015, and will require use of the new format for applications submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2015. Key changes extend the page limit and allows researchers to describe up to five of their most significant contributions to science. Read the full notice for detailed changes or download our templates.


NOT-OD-15-044
Announces that ASSIST will become an option for submission of applications for most competing grant programs in 2015, starting with some R03 and R21 programs.


Revised NSF-wide Proposal & Award Policies Guide (PAPPG) became effective on December 26, 2014
The PAPPG revision includes extensive changes regarding budgets, budget justifications, and award administration, which reflect a government-wide update of grant rules called Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance; 2 CFR § 200).


Meet the Experts in NIH Peer Review: Webinars for Applicants
These webinars focus on research project grants (R01), Fellowship Awards, Academic Research Enhancement Awards (R15), and small business grants (SBIR/STTR). Archived files of each video and PowerPoint can be found here.


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Our Mission

The Office of Research Development (ORD) collaborates with Tufts faculty on the development of grant proposals, focusing primarily on multi-investigator proposals, including institutional training grants, center grants, and infrastructure- and capacity-building grants. We also offer resources to help faculty, graduate students, and postdocs develop their grant writing skills and to identify sources of funding for research and scholarly activities.

We offer a variety of grantsmanship resources to faculty members, including:

  • Knowledge of funding agency mission and culture.
  • Expertise in thoroughly understanding all requirements of a funding opportunity announcement.
  • Participation in proposal development meetings with the principal investigator and key personnel to help participants refine and articulate project goals to provide a strong foundation for the writing of the remainder of the proposal.
  • Working with key personnel to create a proposal outline that is responsive to all necessary requirements and to create a timeline for the accomplishment of tasks related to the submission.
  • Writing non-technical sections of proposals and providing editing for clarity, brevity, and formatting.
  • Providing relevant standard text describing Tufts’ resources and facilities.
  • Ensuring that narrative content conforms to the instructions provided by the funding agency and to any relevant federal and university regulations.
  • Contacting key personnel to request information, such as biographical sketches, current and pending funding, training records, etc., and formatting this information to proposal specifications.

Please note: Our capacity to assist with your proposal is dependent upon the office’s current grants portfolio. Please contact our office at (617) 636-2480 or email proposaldevelopment@tufts.edu well in advance of your final submission deadline to discuss your grant preparation needs.