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Externally Funded Proposal Assistance


The main purpose of MMSA is to assist tenured and tenure track faculty at Texas State University with the preparation of proposals for funded research. To receive pre-award assistance on proposals, Principal Investigator(s) must write MMSA into the post-award budget. To be considered, proposals must seek funding from external sponsors and be considered competitive. In addition, proposals must meet the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s definition of research.*

To request assistance, please complete the form Externally Funded Proposal Assistance Request six or more weeks before your proposal due date. While we will try to accommodate your request, unfortunately we don’t have the capacity to assist everyone. Therefore, we will make an assessment regarding how competitive (or well-developed/conceived) your initial proposal is.

Services Offered

  1. Provides writing/editorial assistance on technical components of the proposal (e.g., assisting writing the methods, design, research questions, hypotheses) from a quantitative and/or qualitative methodologist.
  2. Provides guidance on selecting the appropriate analytic method(s) for proposals.
  3. Attends meetings (up to three) with proposal writing team.
  4. Assists with budget development.
  5. Prepares letter of support for all proposals requiring post-award assistance.
  6. Suggests avenues for dissemination.

We offer 15 hours of free consultation on any one proposal. If you require more consultation, you may request more for a fee of $125 an hour. Requests for additional assistance will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis and on the availability of Methodology, Measurement and Statistical Analysis (MMSA) staff. MMSA must be written into the grant budget (i.e., post-award) to receive free pre-award consultation (see our rates below).

Tier One: $100 an hour
Tier Two: $125 an hour
Tier Three: $150 an hour

Principal Investigator Responsibilities

  1. Oversees and coordinates proposal preparation and submission.
  2. Serves as program manager and sets and meets internal deadlines.
  3. Submits final proposal to Sponsored Programs.

*Research and Development (R&D) means all research activities, both basic and applied, and all development activities that are supported at universities, colleges, and other non-profit institutions. “Research” is defined as a systematic study directed toward fuller scientific knowledge or understanding of the subject studied. “Development” is the systematic use of knowledge and understanding gained from research directed toward the production of useful materials, devices, systems, or methods, including design and development of prototypes and processes. The term research also includes activities involving the training of individuals in research techniques where such activities utilize the same facilities as other research and development activities and where such activities are not included in the instruction function. The absence of the words “Research” and/or “Development” in the title of the program does not indicate it should exclude.