Program Development



Program Development

Designing, developing and planning studies and demonstration programs—or ideation—is the most marginalized yet critical step to winning funding. Ideas that win sponsor funds:
• Have not been done before -- grants and contracts serve to contribute to knowledge; solve problems or address needs of regional and national importance; propose an approach that builds on lessons learned, established in literature; define a concrete plan with meaningful goals, objectives, milestones, timelines and staff accountabilities; align the plan with SMART outcomes and measures to evaluate impact; demonstrate the applicant team has capacity to execute the proposed plan; share new knowledge or know-how with the broader community; address how the research or program will be sustained beyond sponsor funding; and approach the right funder, whose purpose, method, funding level, etc. align with the project plan.

ORSP staff have developed new services and programs of all sizes across a range of industries and disciplines and can offer consultation around: Internal grant approval; needs assessment, including literature review; program or research plan development  ; logic model development; partner or mentor engagement; evaluator, statistician and expert engagement; research compliance, such as the IRB process; budget development, integrating sustainability; funding source identification; sponsor guidelines and past funding analysis; electronic grant application systems; proposal planning and writing; and proposal submission

ORSP provides consultation through: 
1. Open Labs – drop in hours when ORSP staff are available for support: Tuesdays from Noon-1:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 2:30-4 p.m.
2. Individual Appointments – For those unable to be assisted during Open Lab
3. Ongoing Workshops – on the following topics: Grant Seeking Process Overview; Researching Previously Funded Ideas; and Budget Development Workshops.
4. Research Academies – informal, monthly gatherings of inter-disciplinary faculty to explore research collaborations; garner input on study design, approach and methods; review emergent funding opportunities; advance research agenda; assist in engaging external partners; and plan for academic program innovation. 

  • Research Academy—Health:  Meets the first Monday of each month from 3:30 to 5:00 to discuss health-related research. Contact Kathleen Matuska, for more information.
  • Research Academy—STEM:  Meets the first Wednesday of each month. Contact
  • Research Academy—Children, Families and Communities:  Faculty focused on community-engaged scholarship and service involving children, families and communities meet the third Monday of each month. Contact for more information.
  • Research Academy—Information Science:  Faculty engaged in information research and program innovation come together the last Monday of each month. Contact
  • Research Academy—Arts/Humanities:  Faculty engaged in arts, humanities, ethics and philosophy research and program innovation meet the last Wednesday each month. Contact