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

Required Disclosures When Submitting a Grant Proposal

Looking for funding?

Pivot Funding Database

UT Tyler subscribes to the Pivot funding database, an online tool available to faculty, staff and students on the main campus, 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 Register Page and choosing 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 Learning Center webpage.  Michigan State University offers a Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal written by S. Joseph Levine, Ph.D.

Non-profit Guides are free Web-based grant-writing tools for nonprofit organizations, charitable, educational, public organizations and other community-minded groups. The guides are designed to assist established US-based nonprofits through the grant-writing process.

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

Do You Want Feedback on Your Research Idea?

The UT Tyler Health Science Center Community Scientist Program provides one-hour virtual feedback sessions for no cost. Community Scientists are a diverse group of community members who provide valuable insights by sharing lived experiences with cancer or a chronic illness. They include cancer survivors, those living with a chronic illness, caregivers, and those interested in learning about and supporting community research. Feedback sessions provide researchers with an opportunity to gain input from their community of interest or patient groups on research design and implementation, recruitment and retention plans, and potential barriers to participation. See flyer for more information. Request a feedback session by using this link. For any questions, please email

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, 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 an NSF-approved format for the biographical sketch.  SciENcv will produce an NSF-compliant PDF version of the required biographical sketch and proposers are encouraged to use this format. 

Download the PowerPoint presentation given at the Office of Research, Scholarship, and Sponsored Program's SciENcv Workshop held April 22, 2020 for guidance on creating your SciENcv biosketch and registering for an ORCID account.

Creating your 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

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 in our Facts for Proposals.

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.