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Grant Resources

Office of Sponsored Programs staff is available to assist with proposal development in whatever manner is appropriate to the proposal. This includes helping with guideline interpretation and proposal organization; assisting with budgets; providing standard institutional information that might be useful or required in the proposal; coordinating multi-institutional project development (See Section III, C of OSP Operations Manual); convening multi-disciplinary or inter-departmental groups; reviewing proposals for readability and compliance with guidelines.

Faculty members are encouraged to contact Office of Sponsored Programs staff in the early stages of proposal development. Staff members welcome the opportunity to review rough drafts of proposals. In addition, the following materials relevant to the proposal development and submission process are among those available in the Office of Sponsored Programs Operations Manual.

Below is a list of sites and helpful resources that will be useful in your grant writing needs and processes.





  • The Foundation Center serves as a clearinghouse for information on private philanthropic giving and offers training and education programs, some of which are free. While it has only five physical locations, the Center collaborates with libraries and other organizations around the country – called Funding Information Network (FIN) locations – to provide access to its electronic and print resources. Specific FIN locations can be identified using this interactive map.
  • The Grantsmanship Center maintains state-by-state listings of top grantmaking foundations, community foundation, and corporate foundations at
  • Michigan State University Libraries maintain a research guide on Grants and Related Resources, which is a compilation of resources for grant and financial aid seekers. There are sections on grants for nonprofits, researching funders, and proposal writing, among others.





What is RCR?

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is the practice of scientific investigation with integrity. It involves the awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research.

What is FCOI?

Financial Conflict of Interest- a significant financial interest that could directly and significantly affect the design, conduct or reporting of funded research.

What is export control and why is it important to me?

Federal laws and regulations that restrict the flow of certain materials, devices and technical information related to such materials and devices outside the United States or to foreign persons in the United States.

Knowledge of export regulations may be important if you:

  • Send data, technology, intellectual property or tangible items (ex: equipment) out of the country
  • Employ non-U.S. citizens in your laboratory
  • Work with embargoed countries such as Cuba, Iran, Sudan or Syria.

 If, as a part of a sponsored project, you intend to transmit or ship anything outside the U.S. or if you anticipate performing non-fundamental research with non-U.S. citizens, please let Office of Sponsored Projects know. OSP will notify the Office of Research Security, which will review the export related aspects of your project for compliance with federal laws and regulations.