Graduate College

Grant Writing

For many scholars, obtaining research grants is an essential part of being successful, whether as a faculty member or as a researcher in government or industry. Here you’ll find information on locating funding sources, writing grant proposals, and tips to help improve your chances of receiving grant funding.


Grant writing tips from the National Institutes of Health
Grant Writing Tips from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NSF regional grants conference
The National Science Foundation (NSF) hosts two regional conferences each year, intended for new faculty, researchers, and grant administrators, where NSF representatives discuss issues ranging from current issues, the status of funding, new policies, and up-to-date information about specific funding opportunities. More information about the upcoming conference and presentations from the most recent conference is available on their website.

Training opportunities from ASU’s office of research administration
The Office of Research Administration offers online training, videos, and workshops for faculty and students on the various phases of the grant writing process—sources of funding, types of proposals, developing a proposal, creating a budget, and more. For additional information on specific training opportunities please visit the Research Administration training website.

Writing the Proposal

Anatomy of a proposal
Many sponsors will provide you with detailed information about the format in which they would like you to submit your proposal. This module provides you with a suggested guideline of what components to include in your proposal when the sponsor does not request a specific format. Watch this video [23 min] from the ASU Office of Research Administration.

Office of research administration: writing the proposal
Sponsored by the Office of Research Administration. Check out their website for updates and additional workshops:

  • Facilities and Administrative Costs Sitelet Tutorial
  • Interactive Tutorials: Work Instruction WI-DP-01, Sponsor Forms
  • Develop Proposal: Compile Draft, Review Draft by PI, Compile and Submit Final Proposal to ORSPA
  • Develop Proposal: Develop Proposal Plan
  • Develop Proposal: Draft Budget, Prepare Budget Justification and Review Budget with ORSPA
  • ARRA Reporting
  • Cost Sharing
  • Program Income
  • Receiving the Award
  • Five Steps to Preparing a Budget

Funding Sources

Online tools, funding resources and databases
This site, maintained by ASU’s Research Strategy Group, allows researchers to browse current funding opportunities and set up customized alerts based on individual research interests.

ASU financial support
Get information and guidance on scholarships, fellowships, grants, monetary awards and compensations for graduate students at ASU, as well as tax considerations pertaining to such awards.

Research analytics
See the latest developments on the Research Dashboard and other useful analytical tools. Learn how these tools will benefit your areas and provide suggestions towards current and future development.

View the Research Administration Training website for upcoming workshops.

Research proposal sharepoint
This tool routes the Proposal Routing and Approval Forms (ORSPA 300) for approval electronically. Research advancement staff will benefit the most from this training, but all are welcome. Many of these are available for online attendance.

View the Research Administration Training website for upcoming workshops.

GPSA funding opportunities
The Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) offers funding opportunities for graduate students that help them jumpstart and support their thesis/dissertation research as well as provide funding for conference and professional development travel.

For more information visit:

Office of research administration: funding sources
Sponsored by the Office of Research Administration. Check out their website for updates and additional workshops:

  • Locating Funding Workshop