When electrical engineer Yongfeng Lu submits a funding proposal, he’s confident that it’s been done right.
“They (Office of Proposal Development staff) always spend a lot of time and effort on each proposal,” says Lu. An expert in laser research, he frequently submits proposals to the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy.
He’s sought OPD’s help for each stage of development – from planning to meeting program requirements to proofreading. Proposal development coordinators also give him constructive feedback on how to write proposals that appeal to a variety of audiences without sacrificing the meaning of technical concepts. As a result, Lu says, more of his proposals are getting accepted.
“When you contact them, you feel like you’re asking for help from friends. They always give you what you need, on time and beyond your expectations.”