Proposal Writing Resources

MSU Research Facilitation and Dissemination

The MSU Research Facilitation and Dissemination unit within the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies provides grant writing assistance for approved cross-disciplinary, all-university, or multi-department proposals. Contact Loraine Hudson, director of the Office for Research Facilitation and Dissemination, (517) 432-4499 or 

flyer for CABS toolkitCommunicating about Your Research
Beyond Journals and Peers

Michigan State University's Communication and Brand Strategies office offers an online tool kit to help faculty members to effectively tell their research stories, as well as provide guidance and tips on topics such as blogs, op-eds, social media and more.

Dave PoulsonHow-to Videos: Writing about Research

Dave Poulson, associate director of the MSU Knight Center for Environmental Journalism in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, has prepared a series of short videos to help faculty members write effectively and persuasively about their research stories:

Communicating Science and Research - Lesson 1: Why Bother?
Communicating Science and Research - Lesson 2: Why Write Short?
Communicating Science and Research - Lesson 3: How to Write Short
Communicating Science and Research - Lesson 4: Use the Active Voice


The Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research (iCER) provides a common structure for researchers from across academia and industry to work on how computation can better their research. iCER staff is available for discussions and support when preparing grant applications. Please fill out the form found at to make an appointment. (MSU NetID required.)

The Writing Center at MSU

The Writing Center at MSU is a free service to all members of the Michigan State community. They help with fiction, non-fiction, or digital media projects at any stage of the writing process - brainstorming and planning, organization, as well as polishing the final draft. Join a Writing Group.

MSU Authorship Guidelines

MSU has provided authorship guidelines to help faculty consider important issues surrounding authorship when collaborating with scholars to construct a piece of work for public distribution.

Foundation Center (external)

The Foundation Center publishes books and offers training courses, both online and in the classroom at various levels, to help researchers write more competitive--and successful--grant proposals.

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