Proposal Development: Study Development Guidelines & Resources

The Research Track

Stops on the Track

    Research Navigation


    Before starting and during your research, there are training requirements that must be completed. Training


    Consider funding opportunities when thinking about your research idea. UIC has many opportunities to obtain funding for your project, as well as information on external funding options. Funding


    Some argue that the most important aspect of a research study is its design. Thinking through each step of the research process allows investigators to determine where additional resources may be needed, identify potential deficits in the study plan, and make changes to strengthen a proposal prior to its submission. Proposal Development


    Working through the Office for the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR), the Animal Care and Use Committee (ACC) helps you comply with federal regulations, state laws and University policies regarding the involvement of animals in research. Regulatory Research Requirements


    The Office of Business and Financial Services (OBFS) supports the business and financial operations of the University and assists units in their daily operations- including research studies. In research, OBFS is active in the Post-Award period. Common OBFS tasks include setting up anticipation and project accounts, and budgets in Banner. Award/Contract Processing & Acceptance


    UIC has specific personnel who receive, negotiate and accept industry sponsored research awards or contracts on behalf of you and the university.Industry Sponsored Research


    Award administration begins with your notification of the award and continues until the financial and technical closeout of your grant or contract is complete. Administering Research


    Assistance and guidance is available to help you operationalize and carry-out your research protocol. Conducting Research


    Numerous policies govern the management of data and records. The University offers a variety of resources to help you manage your data. Data & Records


    The University encourages your pursuit of scientific understanding and innovation. Services are available to encourage that innovation, help you prepare and publish your study and/or facilitate effective management, transfer, and commercialization of UIC technologies and your intellectual property. Results & Dissemination


    Research responsibilities do not end when results are published. You still have financial, final progress, and invention/patent reports as well as contractual responsibilities to complete. Award Closeout Procedures

    Study Development Guidelines and Resources


The most important aspect of a research study is its design. Thinking through each step of the research process allows investigators to determine where additional resources may be needed, identify potential deficits in the study plan, and make changes to strengthen a proposal prior to its submission for funding or regulatory review.

Proposal Development, Planning and Submission at UIC

The UIC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) outlines the general process for developing and submitting external proposals. The Office of Research Services (ORS) is authorized to the review, approve and in most instances submit proposals to external sponsors.

NIH National Centers for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS) Resources

  • Pre-Clinical Research Toolbox: NIH and NCATS have developed several tools and resources to help scientists conduct pre-clinical research. Selected resources and software tools include: Small Molecules, Compounds & Probes, Biomarkers, Informatics Tools & Information Systems, and Patents.
  • Clinical Research Toolbox: NCATS supports clinical research tools that facilitate trial design, patient recruitment and partnerships for commercialization.

Federal Proposal Development Guides

  • NIH Office of Extramural ResearchThe NIH Office of Extramural Research offers a Grants Process Overview that explains the NIH grant application process, as well as provides investigators with tips on how to successfully apply for and manage a NIH award.
  • NIH Grants Policy StatementThe National Institutes of Health Grants Policy Statement (NIHGPS) makes available, in a single document, the policy requirements that serve as the terms and conditions of NIH grant awards.
  • NIH Grant Writing Tip Sheets: Many NIH Institutes put out guides and tip sheets on their web sites, which can be useful resources. 
  • NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious DiseasesThe NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases provides a comprehensive guide to aid investigators in developing successful proposals to obtain NIH funding.  Guide is not specific to NIAID applications and can be applied to other proposal types.
  • National Science FoundationThe National Science Foundation offers a Grant Proposal Guide to aid investigators in applying for NSF awards.
  • Health Resources and Service AdministrationThe Health Resource and Service Administration (HRSA) provides instructions and tips on how to find, apply for and understand the review process for HRSA grants.
  • United States Environmental Protection AgencyThe United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides general guidance and tips on preparing a proposal for federal funding.

CCTS Support

Biostatistics Core

The CCTS's Biostatistics Core provides consultative services to clinical-translational investigators in the conceptualization, design, conduct, and analysis of their research studies. The DAC team also provides assistance in the grant writing process by writing and reviewing statistical methods sections, interpreting critiques of analysis, and advising on the monitoring of data quality and accuracy in data management plans.

Recruitment and Retention Program

Recruitment and Retention consultations can help investigators plan to achieve the participant numbers needed for statistically sound clinical or observational studies. Our team of experts uses culturally appropriate engagement strategies to identify and overcome barriers to participant engagement. They can also teach your research team how to efficiently utilize clinical settings to maximize the recruitment of patients and develop engagement strategies to increase access to UI Health patient populations.

Biomedical Health Informatics

The Biomedical Informatics Core offers services to help researchers obtain clinical data for research purposes. Customized data extracts are available upon request, including demographic, diagnosis, procedure, lab values and medication information for patients seen at UIHHS and the Mile Square clinics. The informatics team can assist in developing design methods for research projects and grants, including methodology language, resources and programs available at UIC.  

Clinical Research Center

If you plan to utilize the CCTS's Clinical Research Center to conduct a clinical trial, their team of research experts will review and provide guidance on your study's protocol and budget. They will also assist with your IRB application to ensure the appropriate language and forms are complete to initiate your study.

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