Proposal Development

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The Medical School Office of Research has established several resources to help researchers at every stage of the grant writing process develop successful grant proposals. When you're ready to start drafting your next research grant proposal, we encourage you to explore these resources to see what may be useful to you.

Please contact Jill Jividen ( or 734-764-3634) or Morgan Hayward ( or 734-615-1630) with any questions. Looking for a proposal development resource not listed here? EMAIL the Office of Research and let us know what you would like to see.

  • U-M Proposal Writing Guide - A step-by-step guide to writing each section of a proposal for a sponsored activity such as a research project or a curriculum development program.
  • Scientific Writing and Publishing Aids (Taubman Health Sciences Library) - A resource guide providing useful information about writing and publishing in the area of health sciences, including journal/book information, writing and publishing aids, and more.
  • Plain Language Medical Dictionary - is a web-based tool developed by the Taubman Health Sciences Library containing over 1,000 medical terms. Search by typing in a specific medical term, browse all terms, or sort alphabetically. 
  • Jill Jividen, 734-764-3634, UMMS Office of Research – Jill is an experienced interdisciplinary proposal writer who will edit, as time permits, external grant applications for grammar and grantsmanship issues.
  • MICHR Research Development Core (RDC) – Provides no-cost services and consultation to assist investigators in designing, writing, and submitting external grant proposals.
  • Reference List of Freelance Editors – This list of freelance editors – that includes their CV/resumes and contact information – was developed in response to faculty interest in the availability of editing services. The editors on this list have expertise in various types of writing (e.g., manuscripts, grant proposals, IRB protocol).
  • Reference List of Freelance Graphics Specialists – This is a list of freelance experts in graphic design and medical illustration who may be available to help prepare various documents, e.g., grant proposals, manuscripts, dissertations.
  • Core Facilities Assessment - Consult with the Cores to help establish the scope and budget of your project, coordinate funding applications, and for investigator-focused training opportunities. 
  • Requesting Letters of Support/Commitment - Learn how to strengthen your proposal by requesting a letter of support or a letter of commitment for cost sharing from the leadership of UMHS or the Medical School.
  • Budgeting Research Proposals - A list of common components in proposal budgets, including information about Budgeting and Justifications, Full Cost Budgeting, and Facility & Administrative Costs (F&A or Indirect Costs).
  • Budget Templates - Compiled by the Grant Review & Analysis Office in the Medical School Office of Research, this page provides a variety of budget templates, including embedded formulas, in editable Excel spreadsheet(s). 
  • Fact Sheets & Hot Topics - Find UMHS facts and figures for your proposal
  • NIH Requirements for My Bibliography and eRA Commons - A video and slide presentation created by the U-M Office of Research and Sponsored Projects related to the NIH Public Access Policy.
  • NIH Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources - An overview of NIH's required Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources proposal documentation.

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