Proposal Development Services (Pre-Award)

Pre-award services typically include strategic planning, proposal development, research administration, and additional services such as graphic development and training grant assistance.

Your SIRO Proposal Development Team


Proposal Developer

Your SIRO proposal developer offers project management and strategic input to ensure your proposal is well-written, organized, and strategically competitive. The developer can assist with the development of planning documents and templates, organize team meetings, provide writing and editing of non-technical sections as well as additional services such as reference management and pre-submission review.


Research Administrator

SIRO research administrators assist with the creation of budgets, work with collaborators and sub-awardees to collect and format supporting documents, provide compliance review, and are authorized to submit your proposal on behalf of Penn State.


Graphic Developer

SIRO can provide graphic development support including the creation of custom figures, tables, timelines, org charts and other graphic elements to highlight your proposal and make it stand out to reviewers.


The SIRO development timeline typically begins six weeks from the submission deadline with the submission of a Service Request form. SIRO staff review the solicitation, and work in concert with the PI and research team to develop a proposal package that is competitive, complete, and compliant.

Support for Institutes

The SIRO pre-award team supports MRI, IEE, HUCK, ICDS and other Institutes in proposal development, preparation and processing, coordination of internal approvals, and submission. The team also maintains contact with technical representatives at agencies to ensure compliance, and advises faculty in proposal writing and preparation including advising faculty on sponsor guidelines, university policies and procedures, and best practices.

Working with SIRO

SIRO carefully coordinates all support activities with research administrators and financial officers across colleges, in Research Accounting, and the Office of Sponsored Programs.

To request SIRO support, please complete the Service Request Form

To learn more about our services, contact SIRO staff via phone at (814) 863-0627.

Additional university resources supporting research administration are available from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP).