Upon first arriving at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as a newly appointed assistant professor, Maital Neta admits that she was naïve to the proposal development process.

“At the beginning, I was really trying to understand what is required of a grant proposal,” says Neta. “The first time you ever do this kind of thing, it’s kind of overwhelming.”

Unsure of how or where to start, Neta sought guidance from the Office of Proposal Development (OPD) and discovered a wealth of valuable resources and services, ranging from information on funding mechanisms and grant writing basics to proposal-specific recommendations from OPD staff and external experts.

These resources, says Neta, were instrumental in helping her secure a National Institutes of Health R01 grant and a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award within her first five years at UNL.

“I had never submitted a grant before I arrived on this campus, so I think that just says a lot,” says Neta. “They (OPD staff) make it possible and manageable to put together grants and get them funded.”