Proposal Writing Resources

Proposal Writing Resources

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Activities (OSPRA) and Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR), University Advancement, offer guidance on proposal development.  In order to prepare a compelling application and strong supporting materials, allow plenty of time for proposal preparation.  For large government grants, allow two to six months preparation time.  For smaller opportunities, allow four to six weeks.

The Project Concept Form is an intake and program planning form developed by CFR that asks questions about your project, framing the information to prepare your written proposal content and to identify potential funding sources.

The following Tip Sheets and Grants Development FAQs may also be helpful.

Please visit the Detailed Budget Information and Procedures page for guidelines on how to prepare a budget for a grant proposal.  Additionally, the OSPRA has prepared a three part video tutorial on preparing a budget for a grant proposal:

Government agencies typically provide detailed instructions for prospective grant applicants.  Additionally, a number of online resources provide general information on writing effective grant proposals.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Grant Proposal Guide

A Guide for Proposal Writing

NSF Proposal Preparation Presentation by Edward J. Hackett, PhD, Division Director, Division of Social and Economic Sciences, Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences

National Institute of Health (NIH)

NIH R15 Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) presentation by James C. Anthony, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Michigan State University.

Grant Process Overview

Grant Writing Tips Sheets

Please visit the Internal Processes page for information on routing proposals through OSPRA.  Please be advised that routing proposals can take up to seven business days.  UDM Forms, Fact Sheet, Institutional Overview, and Principal Investigator Policy can be found in other areas of the OSPRA website.  For additional information on proposal development, please contact Cate Caldwell in the OSPRA.