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The Office of Research Development (ORD) is committed to supporting the research and training endeavors of the Tufts research community as they develop groundbreaking proposals for funding, showcasing ideas at the forefront of their fields. The ORD collaborates with Tufts faculty and staff on the development of grant proposals, including individual investigator grants and multi-investigator proposals such as institutional training grants, center grants, and infrastructure- and capacity-building grants. The ORD provides formal and informal training for the research community; grant support for faculty at all proposal submission experience levels; research development activities, such as targeted funding searches and alignment of funding strategies with school, university, and federal priorities; facilitated collaborations; and online resources for faculty, postdocs, and graduate students to develop their grant writing skills and help them identify sources of funding for research and scholarly activities.



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  • Developing Your Specific Aims Workshop Starts October 4 August 28, 2017
    Planning to submit a scientific research grant proposal in early 2018? Need useful feedback on your research objectives? If you are a faculty member with a developed research project idea, you are invited to sign up for Developing Your Specific Aims: a Writing Workshop for Researchers. This popular four-session grant writing course will help you develop Read […]
  • Drop-In Grant Consulting Hours April 10, 2017
    UPDATE: Consulting Hours have been suspended for the summer, but faculty may reach out to ORD by email or contact form. Drop-In Grant Consulting Hours for all Tufts faculty Consult with us on all your grant-related questions, including: Grantsmanship Finding funding opportunities Long- and short-term funding strategies for your research Particular funding opportunities – NSF Read […]
  • 2017 CBET CAREER Proposal Writing Webinar April 5, 2017
    The NSF Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) will host a CAREER Proposal Webinar, Monday, April 17, 2017, 1pm-6pm EDT, to share best practices regarding the development and submission of proposals to the CAREER program. Topics will include: CAREER guidelines and eligibility Tips for proposal preparation Recommendations for integrating research, education and Read […]


The Office of Research Development offers a variety of services related to pre-award research and proposal development to the Tufts community. Services we offer include:

The Proposal Preparation Tools section of our website has up-to-date resources to assist you with submissions to each of the major funding agencies (NIH, NSF, and others). You’ll find checklists and timelines as well as templates and tips for various pieces of a proposal, such as letters of support, biosketches, data management (via Tisch Library), budget justification, broader impacts, and postdoctoral mentoring plans.