Pre-Proposal Planning and Conceptualization

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Perhaps you're new to the research environment, or maybe you're a veteran researcher hoping to brush up on the latest grant proposal writing techniques. The Medical School and the entire University of Michigan offer the depth and breadth of resources of one of the country's largest, top-tier institutions.

Before you start developing your next grant proposal, make sure you have a strong foundation to be successful. Use the resources below to learn about current tips and tricks in pre-proposal planning and conceptualization. 

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  • Medical School Grant Proposal Sampler – This is a repository of sample proposals and proposal sections donated by Medical School faculty members. Its purpose is to offer insight into proposal development, including: proposal writing (e.g., organization, detail), responding to reviewers’ comments, sample sections and tables, etc. It also contains a list of UMMS faculty members who currently serve or recently served on study sections. This site is password-protected with access restricted to Medical School faculty, staff, and postdoctoral fellows.
  • NIH Fellowship Proposal Sampler – This is a repository of sample proposals and proposal sections donated by U-M graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty members. Its purpose is to offer insight into proposal development. This site is password-protected with access restricted to all U-M graduate students and postdoctoral fellows as well as Medical School faculty and staff.
  • Pre-Award Information – Compiled by the Grant Review & Analysis Office in the Medical School Office of Research, this page provides a list of resources, tools, and guidance for facilitating a proposal's creation and submission. Resources include: NIH Specifics, Tips, and Tricks, a Proposal Finalization Checklist, Department Contacts & Authorized Signers, and much more.
  • U-M Library's Research Funding & Grants Guide – Interested in learning about campus-wide training for grant writing and preparation? Looking for new funding opportunities? Visit the Research Funding & Grants Guide for a complete list of U-M resources and training opportunities that can help you prepare your next grant.
  • MICHR Research Development Core (RDC) – The RDC offers free in-person consultations for any
    U-M investigator doing clinical and health research, and provides support and advice on grant writing, research ideas, and study design.
  • Data Management Training – Data management plans are increasingly being required by federal agencies to meet funding requirements. Visit the U-M Library’s Research Funding & Grants Guide for a listing of units across campus that offer assistance with developing a data management plan.
  • Michigan Experts – Looking for a potential research collaborator for your next proposal?
    Michigan Experts is a searchable database of research expertise across disciplines from several schools/colleges or institutes at the University of Michigan. Here you’ll find information about a researcher’s publications, grants, and patents.
  • Proposal Preparation Funding Program – The goal of this program is to provide funds to support the submission of multi-investigator grants such as program projects, center proposals, U awards, etc. 


Interested in learning more about proposal preparation and training opportunities across campus?
Visit these resources for more information, including an updated listing of training events and workshops: