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Grant Proposal Writing Assistance

The Grant Proposal Writing Assistance Program is a new initiative to help NDSU faculty members secure research grants. This program is a collaboration between the Office of Research, Creative Activities, and Technology Transfer (RCATT) and the Center for Writers (CFW): The CFW will provide grant-writing assistance, and RCATT will match up to $500 obtained by faculty members from other NDSU sources (e.g., department or college) to pay for this grant-writing assistance.

Process for receiving grant proposal writing assistance:

  1. Faculty member identifies an appropriate grant. (Currently, assistance is restricted to the following grant programs: NSF CAREER program, NIH AREA (R15) program, and USDA AFRI competitive program.)
  2. Faculty member sends a completed Grant Information Worksheet to the CFW Assistant Director, Enrico Sassi, at (NOTE: This form must be submitted no later than 6 weeks prior to the grant application deadline.)
  3. Faculty member and CFW Assistant Director meet to discuss the type and extent of writing assistance needed for the grant application.
  4. Faculty member obtains funding for this grant-writing assistance from department, college, and/or other NDSU source.
  5. Faculty member submits a completed Grant Proposal Assistance Award Application Form to obtain matching funds from RCATT for the grant-writing assistance.
  6. When RCATT awards the matching funds, the CFW’s grant proposal writing assistance begins.

 Assistance Provided by the Center for Writers

A grant-writing consultant from the Center for Writers will help with any aspect of writing and revising the grant application, including the following:

  • Ensuring that the application addresses the requirements of the grant application guidelines
  • Structuring and organizing the application
  • Revising and editing for clarity and correctness of language
  • Writing budget justifications

 Faculty Member Responsibilities

The faculty member applying for the grant is responsible for the following:

  • Becoming familiar with the grant application guidelines
  • Creating at least a first draft of the application to initiate the grant assistance work
  • Obtaining all necessary permissions and documentation (e.g., NDSU Proposal Transmittal Form, letters of support, cost share funds, cost estimates for equipment and supplies)
  • Developing the project plan, any necessary collaborations, and the budget for the project
  • Submitting the application via, other online system, or the U.S. mail
  • All other aspects of the application that are not writing-specific

 NOTE: The funds obtained for this grant-writing assistance will be paid to the CFW, regardless of whether the grant application is successful.

An NDSU Pilot Program

This Grant Proposal Writing Assistance Program is currently being piloted; consequently, writing assistance will be provided to a limited number of applicants, and the procedures are subject to change.

We welcome any feedback and suggestions for improvements to the program. Please send all correspondence via email to the CFW Assistant Director, Enrico Sassi, at

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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 4:30:00 PM