What We Do at PDO

As a research and proposal development unit focused on extramural funding and prestigious awards, PDO staff members conduct funding searches and distribute funding alerts, assist in the preparation of competitive grant applications and honorifics nominations by providing critical review of proposal drafts, providing UK facilities descriptions, writing narrative sections of proposals where appropriate, assisting in building research teams, and providing project management services.

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Limited Submissions

Because many sponsors limit the number of applications from one institution, the Office of the Vice President for Research coordinates internal competitions to designate an applicant.

Search open limited submission opportunities, apply and join collaboration lists through our new portal.

Proposal Resources

Request A Service

  • Funding Search Request

    Complete and submit a separate form for each project. To aid us in identifying sources, please fill out as many fields as possible. Most results are sent within three weeks of the request.

  • Funding Alert Mailing List Subscription
  • Proposal Reviews

    Request a proposal review for clarity, presentation, adherence to the guidelines and grammatical accuracy.

  • Potential Collaborators

    Request help identifying potential collaborators or experts.

  • Custom Workshops

    Request a workshop for your college and/or department.

  • Database Demonstrations

    Request a Pivot™ or other database demonstration for your college, department or yourself.

  • Institutional Resources

    Request additional information on UK facilities, institutional resources, and/or programmatic strengths not available in the Facilities Description Library for inclusion in an external proposal.

  • Individual Consultations

    Request an individual consultation on your proposal.

  • Complex Proposal Management

    Request assistance with complex, large-scale funding opportunities, including project management, concept development, proposal review, team-building, and ancillary document development and support

  • Award Nomination Service Requests

    Request assistance with the award nomination process


Workshops on specific topics can be requested by filing out this form. A member of PDO will contact you in regards to your request.  

Upcoming workshops, seminars, and special events are available on our Events Calendar

Handouts from past workshops are available through SharePoint. Videos from past workshops are also available through the VPR Video Library. Linkblue login is required.