External Proposal Review Program

Total extramural awards at ECU set a record $85.6 million in 2023. By 2028, our goal is to top $100 million in sponsored projects annually. The new research performance metric from the UNC System encompasses all sponsored programs activity. Additionally, ECU is poised to become a Carnegie-rated R1 institution based on several criteria, one of which is research expenditures. For these reasons, faculty are seeking extramural funds to support their research, engagement, and teaching activities. Reviews by experts help to increase the competitiveness of proposals, especially those responding to federal and or high value opportunities. Therefore, the Office of Research Development is providing external reviews for select proposals.

REDE-Supported Grant Proposal Review

REDE has contracted with two outside firms to support grant proposal review for ECU faculty across the campus. To request external review, please fill out and submit the online form (Smartsheet).

Grant proposal review criteria:

  • Proposals by faculty who are tenured or tenure track. Fixed term faculty with 50% or more research time are also eligible.
  • Faculty have potential for becoming funded, as shown by published manuscripts and/or previous grants
  • Proposal budgets equal to or exceeding $100,000
  • Full allowed indirect costs are included in proposal budget
  • Proposal to be reviewed will be submitted 30 calendar days before the sponsor deadline
  • REDE reserves the right to determine the appropriate review plan for the proposal and will pay up to $1500 for a review

Faculty will receive notification from REDE about the status of this request within three business days.

Questions about the program, process or your review status? Contact Dr. Mary Farwell at farwellm@ecu.edu or at 252-328-4810.