Building a Grant Proposal

Submission Requirements

Funding Agencies

  • Grants.gov - Registration is not required as it is completed at the university level. Be sure to download the application package for each solicitation!
  • Fastlane – Registration is needed, contact ORS or NSF@osp.msu.edu
  • NSF – Registration is not needed (see Fastlane)
  • NIH – You must be set up with Commons account, user name and password. Contact ORS or nih@osp.msu.edu

College of Natural Science

Grant submission requirement for non-tenure track researchers in the College of Natural Science

Grant and contracts are awarded to the university, not to the applicants who prepare these applications.

As such the university has a responsibility to ensure that funds awarded are expended as required by the granting organization for the purposes outlined in the application in accordance with the provision of the application and funding organization and in abeyance of all federal and state regulations.

As such, it is important to insure that any non-tenure track faculty, fixed-term specialist or fixed-term researcher have the resources necessary to carry out the proposed research of any application submitted from MSU.

It is therefore required that before the College of Natural Science will permit any non-tenure track faculty, fixed-term specialist or fixed-term researcher appointed within the college to submit a grant as a PI or Co-PI, or to be listed in any manner on the transmittal for the application, that such person submit a signed letter of support from their departmental chairman or program director that specifically guarantees that the applicant's academic or research unit will extend the applicant's appointment to correspond to the length of the granting period and guarantee the applicant access to the space, equipment, network and accounting resources needed to complete the proposed research projects.

The department and/or program must also guarantee that it will ensure that all obligations to the funding source, including budget and reporting are completed and returned in a timely manner.