Large, complex, strategic (LCS) proposals often require more advanced understanding and ability than typical research proposals. Such proposals are often inter-, multi-, or cross-disciplinary, may involve significant collaboration with other departments, colleges, and institutions, and often require more time, preparation, and resources than typical research proposals. While research development and proposal enhancement services offering support to these teams are becoming more and more common, research administrators are increasingly called on to assist with proposal coordination, budget development, internal process navigation, and documentation requirements for these labor-intensive projects. What do you do when you're called on to support a LCS proposal as a department or college-level research administrator? How do you know where to start and what your role will be? This half-day workshop will explore how LCS proposals are typically defined by universities, what features are indicative of a LCS proposal, how and when to identify and request additional support/resources, and specific roles and responsibilities involved in managing LCS proposal opportunities. We will learn to read and identify key features of these solicitations and explore strategies for asking the right questions, identifying and organizing goals and milestones, setting and adhering to timelines, coordinating internal and external partner involvement, managing communications, and how to respond when issues arise.
Content Level: Intermediate
Shana McClelland, Manager, Training & Development, Sponsored Projects Services, University of Arizona; Vincent Borleske, MPA, Director, Engineering Research Administration Services (ERAS), University of Arizona