New investigators are especially encouraged to seek collaborations with experienced investigators who have an established track record for funding. Such collaborations as subcontractors or subawardees is often a good way to build a record of grant experience and to demonstrate the ability to conduct funded research. Professional colleagues, previous advisors and faculty, and faculty from disciplines in sister institutions are often such possible collaborators.
A very common criticism from review panels is the use of procedures for which investigators have little or no experience according to their curriculum vitae or publication list. With the collaboration of experienced colleagues within the university, or with the assistance of outside consultants, the success of such studies is more realistic and reviewers will approve them more readily.
The university has a number of units with special expertise which may be of assistance in a particular area. See our Institutes & Centers web site for links. If you need a referral or a special type of consultant or expertise, contact RSP for information on units which may be able to provide assistance.
Collaboration with other State University System (SUS) institutions which prepare proposals as part of a collaborative effort may also be possible. The RSP director and staff participate in many such discussions and efforts and may be able to provide information on possible external collaborations. Contact the Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School for information on current or upcoming collaborative efforts which may be suitable for your research.