Research Development

Funding opportunities

Internal opportunities


External opportunities


Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training

  • Any faculty, staff and student that joins the Polytechnic after August 12, 2019, and is eligible to conduct research, is expected to complete RCR training within four months of the start date.
  • Use these instructions to access and complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)-RCR online course:

    • Go to the CITI website, and select "Register"
    • Select "Log In through my Institution"

      • Enter in and select "Purdue University"
    • Under Single Sign On (SSO), agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, and affirm you are an affiliate of Purdue University
    • Select "Continue to SSO Login/Instructions"
    • Under "Institutional Courses, and Purdue University, select "View Courses"

      • Select "Add a Course"
    • Under "CITI Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)", Select the appropriate Learner Group

      • Select "Submit"
    • Complete Training
    • Save a copy of your completion certificate for future reference (the Polytechnic can verify training as needed)

Resources to help write research proposals

University support: Sponsored Program Services (Pre-award)

  • Purdue University has resources within Sponsored Program Services that help researchers prepare proposals for funding opportunities. This website provides a timeline for the Office of Sponsored Program Services to support you in your submission of proposals:
  • Grant writing assistance is also provided through this office. Grant writers are housed within this office and can consult in writing small grant proposals for external funding and help develop high-value, high-complexity proposals representing multi-departmental and/or inter-institutional collaborations.
  • Proposal Writing Resources is a webpage that provides boilerplate language for Purdue institutional resources and facilities and resources to build your data management plans, broader impacts, and leadership plans.

Polytechnic support 

Develop your Strategic Research Plan

As research faculty, you have specific interests and expertise. It is important for you to create a strategy for your research endeavors. This may include determining and attending relevant conferences, engaging relevant program managers in external funding agencies (State of Indiana, federal agencies – NSF, DOE, DOD, DoEd, DOT, etc.), and finding collaborators who can expand the impact and reach of your research.

Develop 1-page proposal overviews

A 1-page description of a project you are looking to propose can serve many benefits. By writing through your thought process, you clarify your purpose, you produce a succinct overview that can be shared with potential collaborators and with program managers, and you produce a storyline that can be augmented or edited to become a future proposal.

This 1-page overview should answer four specific questions:

  1. What is the problem you’re trying to solve?
  2. What have other people done to try to solve this problem?
  3. What is the gap left between what other people have done and solving the problem?
  4. What do you propose to do to fill this gap?

Establish Prior Work

  • For these 1-page proposal overviews, you will briefly highlight your plan to help solve a specific problem. When it comes time to write a full proposal, you will need to demonstrate your expertise in the field and describe any efforts you have already made to start solving this problem. Start collecting your thoughts on which pieces of prior work applies to each 1-page proposal overview. This exercise may even highlight low-hanging fruit that may be accomplished prior to submitting a full proposal.
  • Share this work with a colleague and ask for feedback.

Engage externally to federal agencies, companies, state government, etc.