External Services for Proposals

External Review of Proposals

Peer review is the cornerstone of most sponsors’ process for selecting proposals for funding. An early peer-review helps faculty identify potential weaknesses in their hypothesis or research direction, and to remedy them before submission to ensure their application is the strongest it can be.

Research Development Services can help faculty obtain peer review from expert faculty (and more importantly, feedback) before submission.

Eligibility: This non-competitive program is available to faculty at all career stages, but the program does have priorities, including: early-career faculty submitting their first major external grant; mid-career faculty applying for fellowships (particularly for sabbatical), and; senior faculty submitting an application for a major center or other large institutional grant.

What the program entails: Matching funds up to $300 for reviewer honorarium Outreach and initial contact with the content expert, as needed by the faculty.

The process: Faculty should ideally contact Research Development Services at least 6-8 weeks in advance of the application due date. We will work together to identify potential reviewers and negotiate the contract.

Contracts for the External Review Program state that reviewers must:

  • Provide a written review of the proposal
  • Be available for a virtual conversation with the faculty to discuss their review

Faculty should be prepared to undertake extensive revisions that incorporate reviewer’s suggestions. They must also agree to meet Sponsored Project Services and the funder’s deadlines.

Graphics and Visualization of Science

A picture really is worth a thousand words in today’s funding environment where you must communicate complex ideas within tight page limitations. Research Development Services offers assistance to PIs who seek visualization services that will enhance their proposals for external funding. Depending on the project, we can contract with local resources or with nationally known scientific illustrators and animators.

Generally, RDS funds one half of the cost of consultation, and graphic design, animation, or illustration services for proposals that involve multiple investigators and have strategic significance to research at the University, or which involve an especially important opportunity for an individual PI.  Significant lead time is required in order for us to make the best use of resources.

PIs may also find this list of graphics visualize resources helpful when making their own figures. 


Please contact Research Development Services (rds@uoregon.edu) to discuss your project needs.