The Campus Proposal Process
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The Campus Proposal Process
Administrative units across campus provide support for different phases and types of proposals for funding. Below are some of the units most typically involved in the process:
Special Assistance Creating Initiatives, Coordinating Proposals, and Finding Funding
The Berkeley Research Development Office (BRDO) provides specialized services for complex, large-scale, and strategic proposals across campus. Services include advising the proposal team, coordinating effort flow, and assisting with writing and editing. For large initiatives, other staff within the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research may play a role or lead the coordination. BRDO can also help support proposal development staff in specific colleges, departments, and other units.
BRDO often focuses on federal funding opportunities, but may also support opportunities for other sponsors, in coordination with the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations or the Industry Alliances Office. In the traditional spectrum from pre- to post-award services, most of BRDO's work could be considered as pre-pre-award services.
Pre-award Contract and Grant Services
Depending on your organizational home, pre-award contract and grant administrative services are provided either by staff in your department or by teams organized through Campus Shared Services (CSS) - Research Administration, such as:
- CSS Team 2 (Engineering Research Support Organization) for programs within the College of Engineering, Blum Center, and Simons Institute;
- CSS Team 4 for the College of Natural Resources and the Biological Sciences Division in the College of Letter and Sciences, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, and Chemistry;
- CSS Team 9 (Research Enterprise Services) for control units under the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (e.g., QB3, museums, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, Space Sciences Lab); and
- CSS Team 1,3,5,6,7,8: Schools of Public Health, Optometry, Journalism, and many more.
The Campus Shared Services homepage allows you to identify your supporting unit using the menu on the left hand side of the page. Alternatively you can obtain that information from your department’s administrative manager.
Services vary, but grants analysts typically prepare budgets, generate required forms for signature, upload proposal materials, and interact with the Sponsored Projects Office in preparation for proposal submission.
The Sponsored Projects Office (SPO) and the Industry Alliances Office (IAO) are the central campus units responsible for reviewing and authorizing proposals for submission to sponsors and for interpreting, negotiating, and accepting contracts and grants for sponsored projects.
SPO focuses on agreements funded by federal and state agencies, foundations, and other public and private sources, and IAO is responsible for agreements funded by for-profit groups, along with all incoming material transfer agreements, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, and industry membership agreements.
Post-award Contract and Grant Services
Post-award services are typically administered by the same units that provided pre-award services.