I am giving thought to pitching a presentation idea on developing large, complex grant proposals, and how to decide what resources will be needed to undertake such efforts. Please let me know if your institution has produced a grant proposal with a total cost of $20-30 million, and if you would be interested in sharing your thoughts on the grant development effort in a presentation. Ideally, I believe that the presentation would work best with 3 case studies.
Hey, Mike. Our office has not led the development of such applications, but we have definitely been involved in strengthening the applications -- specifically for NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), NIH Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG), and NIH Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology (CHAVI and its successors) -- these are roughly $35M-$60M applications over 5-7 years -- as well as at least one more-focused application in the upper $20M range. I would be able to speak to the need for one or more nearly full-time people to manage the development of these submissions, the location of such people within already-funded infrastructure (whether new or renewal applications, Duke's overall success with these has definitely stemmed in part from the relevant groups having staff who can devote a great deal of effort to shepherding the applications), and how a Research Development office partners with such staff to enhance competitiveness. (Our experience includes examples of failures to renew these prior to inclusion of RD in the process, which I would ascribe largely to the need for these huge applications to have fresh, high-quality editing across the whole thing.) If this perspective sounds like it would complement what you would plan to share, I'd be happy to participate with you.