Research AdMinistration and Proposal Development Services (medRAMP)
The School of Medicine and Public Health’s Office of Research, Biotechnology, and Graduate Studies created medRAMP (Research AdMinistration and Proposal Development Services) in direct response to identified need from investigators and faculty to support the grant proposal development process. To that end, the mission of medRAMP is to enhance and promote the research enterprise and academic infrastructure at the SMPH and UW-Madison.
Our goal is to expand the level of extramural support for single and multi-investigator research through assistance with the planning, development, submission, and administration of competitive grant proposals to a variety of federal and non-federal funding sources. Click on the link below for more detail on what medRAMP offers and fees for services and/or scroll to the bottom of this webpage for additional detail. For more information, contact medRAMP Director Lori Uttech-Hanson at email@example.com, via Teams, or at (920)296-5930.
Grant Examples and Resources: medRAMP offers access to a Grants Library Repository (GLR) featuring examples of a variety of other successfully funded proposals. Access is limited to faculty and staff with a NET ID in the SMPH, School of Nursing, and School of Pharmacy through an application and approval process. For more information and to request access, please click on this link. Another resource for examples and templates of proposal “ancillary” sections (e.g., budgets, biosketches, facilities, equipment, letters of support, etc.) is available to anyone with a NET ID at this link.
medRAMP Services and Resources
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Proposal Development Assistance
medRAMP provides full-scale support and assistance on all components of application development ranging from individual research and foundation grants to large, complex, interdisciplinary, and/or multi-investigator proposals:
- Multi-Investigator/Complex Proposals: Full support to faculty on grant proposal development for large-scale, complex proposals that feature collaboration between multiple departments, investigators, and/or institutions, such as Program Project, Centers, Institutional Training, and other capacity-building grants. Vital to the success of a collaborative research application is a well-written, skillfully prepared, and organized proposal. To that end, we provide assistance and guidance throughout the entire planning and development process to ensure proposals are as strong and competitive as possible.
- Individual Researcher Proposals: Full support for single investigator research proposals to assist with the planning, development, writing/reviewing/editing, and submittal process to ensure all program guidelines and criteria are met, and a high quality, competitive proposal is reviewed and submitted on a timely basis.
Overall Project Coordination
Based on an insightful review of funding opportunity announcements, we assist in designing a team-based approach for overall proposal planning, development, and submission. Strategic planning will be driven through project-specific guidelines, checklists, timelines, and meeting logistics. In collaboration with the Principal Investigator(s), we help facilitate planning meetings among multiple members of the project’s team and assist in creation of well-planned, integrated vision that aligns with a funding agency’s mission, goals, objectives, and/or investment priorities.
We help to facilitate the overall development, coordination, and timely submission of proposals from start to finish. Overall project management includes participating in strategic planning meetings, developing timelines and checklists, setting up organizational and document collection systems, communicating with multiple teams members, writing support (non-science portions), review and editing services, budget development, assistance with proposal components and attachments, and more. We help to ensure that the proposal conveys a well-planned, integrated vision that aligns with the funding agency’s mission, goals, and objectives. Included in overall project management is working with departmental staff to develop grant program budgets and support electronic systems set-up and management (e.g., Cayuse, WISPER, etc.).
Proposal Review & Editing
Editing services ensure adherence to grant guidelines, review criteria, and requirements; clarity. logic, and flow; strong grantsmanship and readability; and proper use of formatting, grammar, and pagination. Weaving narrative sections written by multiple team members into a seamless whole ensures that proposals read as if they were written in a single, coherent voice and exemplify program integration and synergy. This intensive review and editing process results in a polished and well-written proposal in which all content is clearly, logically, and persuasively presented.
Grant Writing Resources
medRAMP provides writing assistance and resources to help investigators develop and enhance writing skills, such as templates, boilerplate language, and sample proposal sections. The Grants Library allows investigators to quickly and easily access these resources. We will review, summarize, and provide guidance on grant application criteria and create program specific guidelines and toolkits to assist in design, development, and writing processes.
We specialize in disseminating information about relevant funding announcements for extramural support via email and timely postings on our medRAMP website. Additional webpages features COVID-19 specific opportunities, as well as grants for new/emerging and early career faculty. Investigators may also request our services to identify funding opportunities for specific needs or to be trained on how to conduct funding research using grant databases.
medRAMP Grants Library - Sample Proposals and Sections
The medRAMP Grants Library was developed to serve as a centralized resource for investigators, faculty, staff, and students to allow access to proposal development resources. This site contains:
- Grants Library Repository with samples of successfully funded federal and non-federal grant applications. For access to the Grants Library Repository, click on this link: https://grantslibrary.med.wisc.edu/sample-proposals/
- Collection of other example grant proposal ancillary sections, such as general stock language and proposal templates for budgets, facilities, equipment, letters of support, example checklists/timelines, etc. Click on this link for more information: https://grantslibrary.med.wisc.edu/templates/templates-example-ections/
medRAMP Fee Structure
medRAMP fees for proposal development services are applicable for single investigator proposals only in addition to other types of projects, such as progress reports, final closeout reports, subawards, etc. Fees are not applicable to any type of multi-PI proposal (including, for example, multi-PI NIH R, T, P, and U series; DOD; NSF; and other federal or non-federal applications).
In cases where a service was provided by medRAMP to develop/submit a single investigator proposal (such as NIH R01), just-in-time (JIT) work would be included in the fee. However, progress reports would require a new request for services. For example, if medRAMP is contracted to help submit an R01, then the fee would include JIT when applicable. However, a Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) on that same project would not be included in the base/original fee.
Base Rate Fee + Hourly Fee
$1,000 Base Fee for Services (includes 12 hours) + $100 Hourly Fee: This fee structure includes a base fee that covers 12 hours of any kind of work for $1,000, plus a fee for any additional hours over and above 12 hours of work. Departments pay the base fee regardless of how many hours are required.