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Critical Needs Fund

The Office of Research has established a Critical Needs Fund to assist with unforeseen expenses, for example, the repair of essential equipment being used in ongoing research studies. Requests for funding up to $5,000 should be made directly to the Vice President for Research (, and should include the following information:

  1. Justification for the request, including an estimate for the cost of equipment repair or other purchase.
  2. Indication that a portion of the cost will be shared by the intended users.
  3. Indication that the need is related to a planned grant proposal or publication.
  4. Curriculum Vitae of the requester.
Oliver Fund Scholars Award

The Oliver Fund was created to support and enhance Tulane's faculty and intellectual capital as among the institution's most valuable resources. The fund is intended to represent an enabling resource to stimulate outstanding faculty research initiatives, to sustain such projects and to increase their competitiveness for national research support. The Oliver Fund supports a competitive, merit-based faculty award process, with focus on faculty-driven, interdisciplinary research initiatives in the sciences and engineering broadly defined. Competitions are held periodically, each focused on a particular area of research strength at Tulane. Award recipients are named as Oliver Fund Scholars.

A prize of $40,000 will be awarded to support research initiatives of the Oliver Fund Scholar. Proposals will be reviewed by a committee of senior Tulane faculty and external experts, according to the following criteria:

  • The scientific merit of the project.
  • Evidence of accomplishment of the applicant.
  • The potential to elevate the national visibility and reputation of Tulane University faculty for excellence in research accomplishment.
  • The potential for future support from competitive national funding agencies. It is expected that a grant application to a federal agency (e.g., NIH, NSF) will be submitted within one year of the award.
  • The potential to strengthen Tulane’s educational offerings through increased opportunity for student participation in research.
Grant Proposal Development Support

Support Available for Scientific Grant Writing Assistance and External Grant Review

Objective: To improve the competitiveness of federal grant proposals submitted by Tulane faculty The Office of Research seeks to assist Tulane faculty in developing strong proposals for federal grant or contract opp ortunities. Funds are available for two programs:


We have contracted with the consulting firm, BioScience Writers, to provide scientific writing and editing services, including:

  • Expert editing and scientific writing by native English - speaking Ph.D. - or M.D. - trained scientists
  • Strategic planning and consulting services for proposal development
  • Assistance in making revisions in response to reviewer comments
  • Experience with more than 900 NIH grant proposals
  • Expertise in more than 170 scientific and medical fields
  • Rapid turnaround time and guaranteed completion dates The Office of Research will make awards in units of $600, sufficient for approximately 10 hours of service, depending on the level of service. Typically, an award of this size will be made for a grant of the length and complexity of an NIH R01.


This program offers an honorarium to senior scholars outside Tulane who agree to review grant proposals under development. The Office of Research will pay an appropriate honorarium for the external review of a major federal grant proposal, limited to two reviewers per proposal. The amount of the honorarium will be commensurate with the size and complexity of the proposal.

Who is Eligible for these programs:
All Tulane faculty are eligible, with priority given to the following criteria:

  • Well developed plans for proposal submission to a specific federal agency deadline
  • Proposals of size and complexity at least that of an NIH R01 proposal or equivalent.
  • Commitment to complete the proposal not later than four weeks ahead of deadline to allow sufficient time for review and revision.

How to Apply: Applications will be accepted at any time as long as funds remain available. Applications should include:

  • Principal Investigator(s) name and contact information
  • Type of proposal and agency to which it will be submitted
  • Submission deadline
  • Anticipated project period and funding requested per year
  • Outcome of any previous submissions of the same or similar proposal
  • Services requested from EITHER program but not both.
  • For the External Grant Review Program, provide the names of proposed reviewers, contact information, and basis for their selection.

The application need not describe the research project in detail because this program does not evaluate scientific merit per se.

Proposals should be submitted electronically to:
Laura S. Levy, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research