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ORD Mission

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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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.