Proposal Development at WSU Vancouver

Welcome to our web page/blog with information about proposal development for our researchers on the WSU Vancouver campus. Please let us know what you think or if you have ideas for information that might be helpful to other researchers.


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Vancouver campus eligible for NSF RUI submissions

Did you know?

The Vancouver campus is eligible to submit applications to NSF as an RUI – Research in Undergraduate Institutions. There are some specific requirements for your application:

1) a certification of RUI eligibility which the Grants and Contracts Manager will attach to your application in FastLane when she does her final review, and

2) a separate RUI Impact Statement. We can provide you with some additional information on the impact statement, so just let us know if you are interested in this funding opportunity.


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Research Support at WSU Vancouver

An open letter of researchers on the WSU Vancouver campus:

Research is an important part of the WSU Vancouver campus. Whether you are a new or experienced researcher, we know that navigating the complex and constantly changing landscape of grants and contracts can be daunting.

Who do I call to ask questions? Who can help find project funding? Who can help develop a project budget? Is there a sample of a funded application so I can have an idea of where to start? Is there a template for creating a biosketch? What other documents are needed for the proposal? What is an eREX? How do I [fill in the blank]?

To support our researchers, we have put together this series of pages to help provide answers to the above questions and more. We have included information about who to contact as well as some samples, article links and other resources that we think might be helpful.

We want you to be successful researchers, so if you have questions or need help, please contact us! We are more than happy to help.


WSU Vancouver Research Support Team

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NIH Grants: R01, R03, or R21?

What is the difference between an R01, an R03 and an R21?

The R01 Research Project Grant Program is the original and historically oldest grant mechanism used by NIH.

The Research Project (R01) grant is an award made to support a discrete, specified, circumscribed project to be performed by the named investigator(s) in an area representing the investigator’s specific interest and competencies, based on the mission of the NIH.

A typical R01 has:

  • Duration: Up to 5 years
  • Budget limitation: None, but requires pre-approval if over $500,000 direct costs

The R03 Small Research Grant Program will support small research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources.

The common characteristic of the small grant is the provision of limited funding for a short period of time. Examples of the types of projects that ICs support with the R03 include the following:

  • Pilot or feasibility studies
  • Secondary analysis of existing data
  • Small, self-contained research projects
  • Development of research methodology
  • Development of new research technology

A typical R03 has:

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Budget limitation: $100,000 direct costs

The R21 Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program is intended to encourage exploratory/developmental research by providing support for the early and conceptual stages of project development.

  • Exploratory, novel studies that break new ground or extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications.
  • High risk high reward studies that may lead to a breakthrough in a particular area, or result in novel techniques, agents, methodologies, models or applications that will impact biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research.
  • Projects should be distinct from those supported through the traditional R01 mechanism.

A typical R21 has:

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Budget limitation: $275,000 direct costs (no more than $200,000 direct costs per year)
  • Preliminary data not required
  • Not renewable
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