UChicago CASE

Proposal Development Support

Proposal Support

Office of Research Manages CASE and provides support to all CASE members during the entire pre-award timeline – from a nascent idea to curated federal funding calls to project management across institutions to the proposal submission. Research Development Support (RDS) team also administers the Big Ideas Generator (BIG) seed funding program, coordinates the internal competitions for limited federal funding opportunites, and manages the appointment of affiliated researchers into CASE.

Research Development Support

Proposal Development

Research Advancement

  • Analysis of responsiveness to solicitation
  • Grantsmanship guidance and templates
  • Writing team coordination
  • Pre-submission color team review
  • Site visit coordination
  • Research & outreach program development
  • Team building and workship facilitation
  • Research funding strategic planning
  • Partner or collaborator identification*
  • Broader Impacts assistance and training
  • UChicago CASE operations management
  • Big Ideas Generator seed funding

Award Management

University Research Administration (URA)

University Research Administration (URA) provides oversight and support for all sponsored projects at UChicago through the office of Research. URA Sponsored Development Services (SDS) provides pre-award support to CASE Scientists at-Large and CASE PME Affiliates:

URA Sponsored Programs provides award management services to CASE Scientist at-Large and PME Affiliates, including:

URA Sponsored Development Services (Pre-Award)

Investigators will be able to focus their time on the scientific, technical or academic aims of the project and rely on URA Sponsored Development Services (SDS) for all administrative matters related to the pre-award process and proposal development.

  • URA SDS shares an office with other URA teams including Sponsored Program Services (SPS), Post-Award, Billing and Collections, Subawards, Contracts, Research Integrity and Account Create as well as other central offices (Procurement, Shared Services, Payroll and HR). This allows for broader collaboration amongst all parties involved in the pre-award process. As a result, investigators can expect quicker turnaround times and support staff with access to more resources and training.
  • URA Pre-Award Sponsored Development Managers are service and support-oriented, knowledgeable about pre-award, agency/sponsor, federal, non-federal and institutional requirements, and are experts in the relevant polices, procedures and systems to carry out the pre-award process with ease.

Pre-Proposal/Letter of Intent (LOI) Preparation

  • Advise Investigator of pre-proposal or Letter of Intent (LOI) requirements for submission.
  • Assist in the pre-proposal or LOI process for sponsors that require pre-application submission prior to full proposal submission.







Proposal Preparation & Submission

  • Provide checklist of sponsor requirements based on guidelines for proposal submission
  • Create timeline to keep Investigator on track for sponsor deadline
  • Create or assist in creating the proposal budget
  • Compile all required documents and ensure that institutional and sponsor requirements are met for proposal submission
  • Ensure institutional review of the final proposal prior to submission based on URA Review and Endorsement Procedures: URA Review and Endorsement | University Research Administration | The University of Chicago (uchicago.edu)
  • Submit proposal once PI concurrence/approval is received





Just-In-Time (JIT) Preparation

  • Create checklist of sponsor requirements for JIT submission
  • Advise Investigator of requirements for JIT submission and assist in preparation of JIT response. This may be in the form of Other Support (OS) or protocol approval information
  • Budget revisions and other additional requested information
  • Ensure institutional review of the final JIT response prior to submission based on URA Pre-Award procedures

Current & Pending Support or Other Support Updates

  • Assist Investigator, as needed, with updates to pending support as proposals are submitted to ensure that a current version of the C&P Support document is used for submissions, as required.




Please note that for some funding agencies, this may require that the PI sign up for an account in sponsor systems and provide PI signature on documents


The dedicated Sponsored Development Manager will be available to meet with Investigators or departmental staff, as needed, to:

  • Reach out to sponsors on Investigator’s behalf to address a variety of topics, including but not limited to, clarification of sponsor guidance, status of proposal submission, act as authorized organizational offical and liaison between Investigators and grants contacts at sponsoring agency.
  • Review proposal and/or sponsor requirements for upcoming proposal submissions.
  • Answer questions and provide guidance on how agencies are structured, and the agency contacts that Investigators may reach out to directly.

URA Sponsored Development Services (Post-Award)

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