Proposal Writing Resources

Grant writing resources

Georgia State offers workshops and training on grant writing to assist faculty and staff in proposal development. Additionally, we have collected some resources for you below to assist you.

Writing Successful Grant Applications

URSA provides a basic grant-writing workshop that is aimed at beginners and those who have no previous training and have tried unsuccessfully to get grant funding.  This workshop focuses on the basics of identifying a fundable project idea and the key components of writing a fundable grant proposal around the idea.

To find the date for our next grant-writing workshop, see the URSA Research Education and Training webpages.

Finding Funding Using the COS Database

COS provides access to nearly 400,000 funding opportunities worth more than $33 billion across all disciplines. Customized funding alerts can be set-up to automatically email you weekly with opportunities matching your research interests. On your personal COS Workbench, you can save hundreds of individual program announcements and be alerted with any updates to program requirements. You can even share your findings with friends and colleagues. You can find experts, collaborators and peer reviewers from various disciplines across the globe using the profile database COS Expertise. There's also an opportunity to add your own professional profile to the database. What a great way to advertise your own research. As a subscribing institution, Georgia State's membership gives faculty, staff, and students access to these often hard to find resources.
Workshop Registration

COS Instructions and Tutorials

Searching COS Funding Opportunities
Introduction to COS Workbench and Funding Alerts
COS Online Funding Opportunities Tutorial
COS Online Expertise Tutorial

Questions or to set up individualized tutoring and customized training sessions:
Princeanna Walker, URSA Sr. Training Specialist, COS Liaison at GSU
(404) 413-3506 or

NIH grants process- A comprehensive listing with links to most aspects of the NIH granting process.

NIH Grant-writing tips sheets

Resources for new investigators

Center for scientific review: Resources, including videos, that gives an inside look at how scientists from across the country review NIH grant applications for scientific and technical merit.

All about grants: podcasts from NIH- A series of podcasts from the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) provides insights on grant topies for investigators, fellows, students, resesarch administrators, and others. Transcripts of the presentations also are available. new topics continue to be made available.

NIH application samples and examples NIAID provides all NIH applicants with access to a few funded NIH applications and notable examples of application sections which have comments added that can be used as models for new proposals.

How to Write a Research Project Grant Application NINDS provides all NIH applicants with helpful guidance through the process of preparing a grant proposal from the inception of the idea to submission.

A guide for proposal writing- Specifically prepared for programs in the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) at the National Science Foundation (NSF), but also provides general information for proposal writing.

NSF grant proposal guide- Thorough instructions for NSF grant proposal preparation and submission.

NSF proposal and award policies and procedures: Book of all policies and procedures related to NSF proposals and grants.

NSF Merit Review: A guide to understanding the NSF merit review process

Academic Scientists’ Toolkit

The Art of Grantsmanship by Jacob Kraicer

Developing and writing grant proposals from the catalogue of federal domestic assistance

Tools and tips: "how to get funding" from the AAAS science centers

The foundation center provides a number of free and paid workshops on proposal writing.

The grantsmanship center: provides resources for more in-depth grantsmanship training and funding sources information, typically for a fee.

Institutional data for grants and reports

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) provides general information and specific data about Georgia State, including enrollment, retention and graduation data, faculty composition data, and other useful resources. The new Fact Book provides much of this information in one easy to access online manual. Data and information can be used freely without permission in grant proposals, presentations and for otherpurposes by Georgia State employees and students. To access these resources go to: