Resubmission Support

Most proposals to external funders are not funded on the first round. In fact principal investigators usually submit 2-3 proposals for every one funded (for NSF it is 2.3). The Office of Research wants to help faculty leverage the work already invested in a proposal that was not accepted for funding. Thus Research Development (RD) has resubmissions support that takes several forms.

Workshop support

Attend our grant getting workshop on proposal resubmissions. It covers all the needed steps for turning a failed submission into a competitive and hopefully successful submission. See our workshop webpage for the next live offering (recommended) or watch the recorded video of our pick of the best version of this workshop.

Reach out to RD and schedule a consultation

A Research Development Specialist (RDS) is always available to meet with you, go over your reviews (if available) and make a plan for resubmission to the same, or a different funder, as appropriate. We can create a timeline that includes all the needed steps and provide support all along the way.

Formal  Resubmission Program

This program follows the timeline listed in Table 1 to support faculty in getting ready for a resubmission. The steps can be followed by an individual working with an RDS, or a group of faculty working on a similar area (e.g. proposals all from a specific college) or on the same proposal (e.g. the NSF CAREER). In this program, if all the milestones are met via a pre-negotiated timeline, the Office of Research will pay for an external review by an expert in the proposal subject area. These reviews greatly increase the quality and competitiveness of the proposal, and often lead to ongoing mentoring relationships with the reviewer. An example of a 10-week timeline is shown in Table 1. An example of an individual program, is shown in Table 2. If you are interested in either program please contact your RDS or the Director of RD.

Table 1: Timeline for Resubmission Working Group

Activity Week
  • Kick-off meeting with RD and faculty
  • Choose two faculty for reciprocal peer review
  • Meet with assigned RDS to go over proposal and review
  • Devise revision strategy
1
  • Revise proposal
  • Iterate at least one review with your RDS

2 - 5

  • Send proposal to two faculty reviewers
  • Review faculty proposals agreed to in week 1 

6

  • Meet with faculty reviewers and RD to discuss all three proposals

7

  • Revise proposal based on faculty/RD feedback
  • Send to paid external reviewer

7 - 10

  • Revise proposal based on external review
  • Receive one more review via your RDS
  • Submit

Follow-up

Table 2: Timeline for Individual Resubmission Program

Activity Week
  • Meet with assigned RD specialist to go over proposal and review
  • Devise revision strategy
1
  • Choose two informal reviewers (SJSU or external to SJSU)
1
  • Revise proposal
  • Iterate at least one review with your RDS

2 - 5

  • Send proposal to two informal reviewers

6

  • Revise proposal based on informal reviewer/RD feedback
  • Send to paid external reviewer

7 - 10

  • Revise proposal based on external review
  • Receive one more review via your RDS
  • Submit

Follow-up