Pre-Award and Proposal Development Services

The pre-award and proposal development services unit was established in Fall 2021 to standardize pre-award processes and support departments, centers, and institutes within the Medical School. Our unit is dedicated to supporting UMN faculty and staff with the development and submission of quality applications that are compliant with both the sponsor and university requirements. Located in the Medical School Dean's Office, Office of Research, we aim to provide a core set of services to the Medical School research community and prioritize requests from under-resourced departments, centers, institutes, and programs within both the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses, as well as faculty with dual UMN and VA appointments. To learn more about our three step phased approach and planned launch of services, please visit the about us page.

As we continue to build our website, please stay tuned for the launch of pre-award templates, starting with budget workbooks, communication tools, and timeline management. Future roll-out will also include PI resource plans and training materials that can be used to support pre-award grants and contracts efforts. 

We would like to hear from you! We are looking to support and communicate with PIs, new administrators, centers and units requesting pre-award support. To schedule a meeting with our team or suggest resources that would be helpful, please send an email to:

Planning a grant submission? Notify us by completing an INTENT TO SUBMIT. We support under-resourced departments, centers, institutes, and programs and pre-award teams in need of additional assistance. 


Create a cohesive Medical School pre-award team that provides a standard set of services, which will ensure the resources are available to submit quality grant applications to external funders.

Overall goals are to:

  1. Standardize the portfolio of pre-award services available, including  processes and tools used to provide pre-award support across the Medical School.

  2. Support the development and submission of large grants such as T-, P-, and U-series grants.

  3. Create boilerplate templates, centralized tools, and resources for large-scale grants and training grants.

  4. Develop professional training opportunities for the faculty and staff who conduct research and create a community of practice with pre-award staff. 

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