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NSF CAREER Award Prep Series: Mock Review Session with Faculty Reviewers on June 8 

The final session of our NSF CAREER Award Prep series will take place from 9:00-10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 8 on the Medford campus. Faculty with experience reviewing NSF CAREER awards will review an Overview and Objectives section of your Project Description and offer feedback in a mock review.  Read more »


Grant Writing for Page 1: Honing the Specific Aims/Objectives Section.

This five-session workshop on the Medford Campus is open to faculty and focuses on crafting and refining the Specific Aims or equivalent objectives/executive summary page through a combination of instructor feedback and intensive peer review. Attendees will have the opportunity to revise and receive feedback at least 3 times over the course of the workshop. Workshops dates are: June 23, 30, and July 7, 14, and 21 at 9:00 am to 10:30 am. Read more »


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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) 636-0415 or email researchdevelopment@tufts.edu well in advance of your final submission deadline to discuss your grant preparation needs.