Consulting Services for Big Centers
Proposal Development Fund

Proposal timeline for the 2022-2023 academic year:

  • Rolling deadline

Fund information:

Rice University’s Consulting Services for Big Centers Proposal Development Fund promotes research or academic partnerships led by a Rice faculty team in pursuit of a new center or multi-institutional programming in response to a federal agency initiative. This fund is designed to support high-risk/high-reward proposals.

Selected proposals will be awarded with consulting services arranged through the Office of Research to facilitate the development of a big center proposal, such as an Engineering Research Center (ERC), NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), or Science and Technology Center (STC). Consulting services include project management of a big center proposal, gathering and formatting of biosketches, copy-editing, or extensive review to develop a more competitive proposal.


Full-time and research faculty members at Rice are eligible to apply. Please inform your department chairs that you have applied.

Review process:

The review of proposals will be carried out by the Vice Provost of Research with input from the University Committee on Research. Committee members who are applicants to this fund will not participate in proposal reviews.

Selection criteria:

Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  1. The quality, significance, and potential impact of the project;
  2. The contribution the project makes to furthering the Vision for the Second Century (V2C2), particularly in proposals that might help the University do any of the following:
    ○ Raise our research and scholarship profile (strong preference will be given to those proposals that develop new research relationships);
    ○ Promote Rice’s interdisciplinary activity;
  3. The likelihood that the project will lead to external funding.

How to apply:

Proposals must be submitted using this webform.

Proposals must include the following in a single PDF document:
1. A project description written such that a faculty peer will be able to understand the significance, scope, and objectives of the big center proposal (no more than three pages (in 12-point type), including figures);
2. A single-page list of collaborators;
3. A single-page description of consulting services requested;
4. A single-page funding plan identifying a potential funding opportunity (include sponsor, amount, duration of proposal);
5. A curriculum vitae or biosketch for each applicant of no more than five pages per CV.