Office of Sponsored Programs

Office of Proposal Development


The mission of the Office of Proposal Development (OPD) is to increase the number and quality of competitive, interdisciplinary, and collaborative proposals that support faculty research at Rowan University. OPD will strive to achieve this mission by partnering with faculty members to develop project ideas, identify funding sources, form proposal writing teams, edit proposal narratives, and prepare proposals for submission.
In order to advance its mission and key objectives, the staff of OPD approaches its work with three guiding principles:

1) Exposure - We interview faculty members to understand their research needs, and then identify good funding matches through rigorous prospect research.

2) Quality - We improve the quality of project narratives on proposal submissions. We make edits and suggestions to improve brevity, clarity, and consistency of message. We look to meet compelling scholarship with creative salesmanship.

3) Capacity - We build the capacity of faculty members and staff to become well-trained grant writers and prospect researchers themselves. Our aim is to empower faculty members with timely and targeted trainings that will build on their roles as educators and researchers.


A trained grant writer and seasoned project manager, Stephen Robishaw, MPA has spent his career building the capacity of nonprofit organizations in the social sector. He specializes in prospect research, narrative editing, and the proposal submission process. If you have a question about your project idea or the status of a current proposal, you can reach him at or at (856) 256-5795.

Location and Directions

An office within the Division of University Research, OPD is located in James Hall, Suite 3129. Once you arrive, take the elevator at the east end of the building nearest Esbjornson Gymnasium, go to the third floor, and turn left. The office will be just ahead through the glass doors.

Resources for Faculty Members

  • Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN):

    OPD invests in the success of its faculty members most directly in identifying, screening, and presenting funding prospects for faculty research projects. The most important first step for any faculty member interested in advancing their research is to sign up for an account on SPIN. SPIN is an easily-searchable database of roughly 40,000 funding opportunities from federal, state, local, and corporate sponsors. The database allows faculty members to export search results, bookmark promising prospects, and set up daily/weekly emails offering the latest prospects tailored to specific research needs. If you need assistance signing up for an account, please send an email to to set up a brief tutorial.

  • FY17 Calendar and Internal Database - Funding Prospects and Limited Submission Competitions

    OPD works with research deans and other university partners to distribute timely funding prospects well-suited to the research interests of Rowan faculty members. In addition, OPD organizes limited submission competitions as those funding opportunities become available throughout the year. In order to ensure the college community is up to date, the office publishes and regularly updates a calendar and internal database that list upcoming deadline dates. These deadlines include both open competitions and limited submission competitions. If you would like to subscribe to the calendar and internal database, please send an email to

  • Proposal Narrative Editing Services

    A well-argued, well-reasoned proposal or application is essential for any faculty members aspiring for external funding. In order to achieve the result of a superior written product, the office offers its professional expertise in persuasively merging scholarship with salesmanship. Upon request, OPD rigorously reviews proposal narratives for composition, clarity, and readability for all interested faculty members.
    Please send an email to to have OPD take a look at your writing. OPD asks that faculty members send narratives as early as possible in the proposal writing process, so as to receive feedback in a timely manner.

  • Institutional-Level Template Language

    Given that many proposals and applications for external funding require language pertaining to institutional capacity and past perfomance, OPD is developing a repository for template language. During your initial consultation, OPD staff will help you identify sections in the proposal narrative that require this information. When you need assistance in crafting this language, please send an email to

Upcoming Proposal Submission Deadlines

OPD constantly searches for funding opportunities tailored to the research interests of Rowan faculty members. In an attempt to broadcast these opportunities to Rowan faculty members, OPD will regularly update the following list of upcoming proposal submission deadlines:

Opportunity Title
Sponsor Name
Sponsor Type
Deadline Date
Funding Amount
RFP -- Innovative Systems for Military Missions Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Federal 4/28/2017
Not Specified
Innovative Development in Energy-Related Applied Science (IDEAS) Department of Energy Federal 9/30/2017 10,000,000.00
RFP - AMENDMENT - Multi-INT Enhanced Exploitation and Analysis Tools (E2AT) Department of the Air Force Federal 9/30/2017
Not Specified
Artist Fellowship Grant Somerville Arts Council Local 10/17/2017 $1,500.00
Project Grants Somerville Arts Council Local 10/17/2017 $2,500.00
Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I NSF Federal 12/6/2017 $225,000.00
RFP -- AMENDMENT -- AFRL Research Collaboration Program Department of the Air Force Federal 12/20/2017
Not Specified
RFP - AMENDMENT - Research Interests of the US Air Force Academy Department of the Air Force Federal 9/29/2019
Not Specified
RFP -- Battery Network for Manufacturing Technology R&D Defense Logistics Agency Federal 8/21/2021
Not Specified
Information Innovation Office (I2O) Office-Wide BAA Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Federal 06/30/17 [LOI/Pre-App]
Not Specified
Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Air Force Office of Scientific Research Federal Continuous Submission
Not Specified
RFP -- Correctional Education Technology System Bureau of Prisons/Department of Justice Federal Continuous Submission
Not Specified
RFP -- Infection Control Educational, Training, and Implementation Tools for U.S. and International Healthcare Workers Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/DHHS Federal Continuous Submission
Not Specified
Biological Technologies Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Federal Continuous Submission
Not Specified
RFP -- Amendment -- Notice of Proposed Contract Action: Balanced Survivability Assessments (BSA) Teams Support Defense Threat Reduction Agency Federal Continuous Submission
Not Specified
Medical Countermeasure Systems Broad Agency Announcement Department of Defense Federal Continuous Submission
Not Specified