Proposal Development Resources

Proposal Development Resources

Office of Research, Scholarship, and Sponsored Programs

The Office of Research, Scholarship, and Sponsored Programs (ORSSP) is committed to helping faculty and staff find funding sources and submit well-written proposals to external sponsors.  Pre-award staff are trained to support principal investigators in searching for funding sources and in developing a proposal and budget that meet sponsor guidelines.

Proposal Approval Form

Outside Activities and Interests Reporting

Required Disclosures When Submitting a Grant Proposal


Cayuse Coming Spring 2024!

Cayuse logo

Cayuse is a cloud-based research administration system used for managing proposals for external funding and externally funded awards, including routing for internal reviews and approvals. Faculty and staff at UT Tyler (both campuses) will have access to the Cayuse Sponsored Projects Module (SP) when it goes live in spring 2024. In the meantime, faculty and staff can learn how to prepare a proposal in the Cayuse Sponsored Projects module by attending one of the Cayuse trainings offered this spring. Register for a training on the Faculty Development Workshop webpage.

You can start practicing preparing a proposal in the Cayuse Training Platform when you are given access to the platform after attending one of the trainings. You can also review the ORSSP Cayuse Proposal Form guidance document to learn more about the information you will need to provide when preparing a proposal in Cayuse. The Cayuse Sponsored Projects module in the training platform looks and functions just like the proposal form in the production version of the Cayuse Sponsored Projects module that will go live this spring.

Looking for funding?

ORSSP has compiled a list of funding opportunity databases with links to the databases. Most of the databases are free to use. In addition, UT Tyler subscribes to Pivot, an online funding database described in more detail below.

Pivot Funding Database

UT Tyler subscribes to the Pivot-RP funding database, an online tool available to faculty, staff and students with UT Tyler email addresses (including Patriot email addresses), for locating sponsored funding opportunities. After creating a Pivot Log-In, users can track funding opportunities, save search results, and email search results.  Create a Log-In from any on-campus computer by going to the Pivot RP homepage and choosing "Create account" and then select the "Use Email Address/Create Password" option.  The program recognizes UT Tyler's IP addresses which allows users to use their UT Tyler email address as a user name and create a password.  Faculty and staff can also set up their Pivot profiles which allows potential collaborators and funders to contact them with potential opportunities.

ProQuest has developed a series of training videos on using the Pivot funding database that are available for viewing on YouTube at:

Local Foundations and Organizations

Interested in submitting a proposal to a local foundation or organization? Check with UT Tyler Office of University Advancement before starting your application. Email

General Guidance for Writing a Research Proposal

Information about the federal grants world is available on the Grants 101 webpage.  Michigan State University offers a Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal written by S. Joseph Levine, Ph.D.

Additional links to helpful grant writing resources are provided on the ORSSP Grant Writing Guides and Resources page.

UT Tyler Information for Grant Proposals

Information regarding UT Tyler that is often required on grant proposals submitted by employees of the main campus can be found on our Facts for Proposals webpage.

Building Your Biographical Sketch for Federal Grants

Building your biographical sketch using SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) eliminates the need to repeatedly enter biosketch information into federal grant proposals. You can manually create your biosketch in SciENcv or import information you may already have entered in eRA Commons, My Bibliography, PubMed or ORCID.  Information including identification numbers, affiliations, education, honors, awards, personal statement, contributions, grants, publications, collaborators, and patents can be entered or imported into SciENcv.  You can then output your information in National Institutes of Health (NIH) biosketch format, National Science Foundation (NSF) biosketch format or Institute of Education Sciences (IES) biosketch format. 

The National Science Foundation requires the use of SciENcv to produce an NSF-compliant PDF version of the required biographical sketch and current and pending support document beginning October 23, 2023. 

Visit the ORSSP Faculty Development Workshops webpage for recordings and presentation files of workshops presented on how to use SciENcv.

Creating an ORCID iD

An ORCID iD is a persistent digital identifier that you own and control.  It distinguishes you from every other researcher.  You can connect your ID with your professional information - affiliations, grants, publications, peer review, and more.  You can use your iD to share your information with other systems, such as SciENcv.

The National Institutes of Health encourages everyone from graduate students to senior scientists to register for an ORCID account.

Create your iD at

Need Help Determining If Your Research Involves Human Subjects?

NIH has updated its human subjects research decision tool to reflect changes effective in the 2018 Revised Common Rule. Answer a few quick questions to find out if your research could be considered human subjects research or if it may be exempt from federal regulations.