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Proposal Development

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research conducts and sponsors several training sessions on finding funding, finding collaborators, and proposal development. Click here to register for upcoming sessions. To request a training session for your department or school, or to request a consultation, email us at

Proposal development and grant writing resources

» Proposal Development Basics [PDF]

National Institutes of Health

Writing a grant application is a major undertaking. The following guidance may assist you in developing a strong application that allows reviewers to better evaluate the science and merit of your application.
» Writing Your Application

Inside the NIH Grant Review Process
The Center for Scientific Review has produced a video of a mock study section meeting to provide an inside look at how NIH grant applications are reviewed for scientific and technical merit. The video shows how outside experts assess applications and how review meetings are conducted to ensure fairness. The video also includes information on what applicants can do to improve the chances their applications will receive a positive review.
» A Video on Peer Review at NIH » Insiderís Guide to Peer Review for Applicants

National Science Foundation

» A Guide For Proposal Writing

» Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide, January 2010

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance gives you access to a database of all Federal programs. Check out their Writing Grant Proposals guide for federal agencies.

Foundation Center

» Proposal Writing Short Course

Social Science Research Council

» The Art of Writing Proposals

Dr. S. Joseph Levine, Michigan State University

» Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal

Don Thackrey, University of Michigan

» Proposal Writerís Guide

Dr. Jacob Kraicer

» The Art of Grantsmanship

Stephen Wilbers

» Grant Proposal Writing

The Grantsmanship Center

» Articles Related to Proposal Writing and Grantseeking


National Science Foundation

» The 2002 User-Friendly Handbook for Project Evaluation

» FOOTPRINTS: Strategies for Non-Traditional Program Evaluation

» User-Friendly Handbook for Mixed Method Evaluations

» Online Evaluation Resource Library

» Field-tested Learning Assessment Guide